Responding to a query I made yesterday to the department, Homeland Security spokesman Larry Orluskie emailed me to confirm his department did in fact present a "recognition award" to Shirlington Limo in April 2005. The company has flirted with bankruptcy, had its federal licensing revoked, and is run by a longtime felon. It is currently being investigated for allegedly transporting prostitutes and lawmakers to parties hosted by alleged Congress-briber Brent Wilkes.
"Shirlington Limousine and Transportation was recognized for their prompt and courteous service to DHS Headquarters employees in the form of shuttle service and sedan drivers," he wrote.
"Regardless of the criticisms on blogs and slanted reports, this contractor is delivering a much needed service to this department with utmost professionalism, and the contract solicitation and award was completely up-and-up in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation."