Stanley, Inc. (NYSE:SXE), acquired by CGI Group in 2010, was an information technology company based in Arlington, Virginia. Founded in 1966, it operated as a small, entrepreneurial consulting company.
Stanley made its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in October 2006, selling 6.3 million shares for $13.00/share, raising $81.9 million. A majority of stocks are owned by officers, directors and employees (the latter through an employee stock ownership plan).
The company’s largest customer was the U.S. Army. It also held contracts with the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security. It operated facilities for the production of United States passports and for mailroom work and data entry for applications for U.S. visa and citizenship.
The company controversially reduced wages when it took over the management of two facilities in St. Albans, Vermont, and Laguna Niguel, California in December 2007 which process immigration documents. The United Electrical workers union (UE) became involved in an effort to create a union to protect low paid employees who process immigration records. As it was about to assume control, Stanley announced that it would be changing job classifications at the facilities, resulting in a pay decrease of about 12 percent which prompted Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont to call on the Labor Department to investigate what he charged was a violation of the Service Contract Act.
A July 2007 report by the Government Accountability Office on passport and visa security outlines the potential dangers of outsourcing passport functions to contractors like Stanley Inc.
Department of State Investigation
In March 2008, the U.S. Department of State, which is responsible for issuing U.S. passports, stated that two employees of a Stanley Associates subcontractor had been fired for improperly accessing the passport application file of (then) presidential candidate Barack Obama. The company published a press release on March 21, 2008. In each case, Stanley took immediate disciplinary action and employees were terminated the day the unauthorized search occurred. Stanley also stated its general policy and practice to cooperate fully with any potential Government investigation.
On June 10, 2008, Stanley announced that it was acquiring Oberon Associates, a fellow defense contractor also based out of Virginia. In April 2007, Stanley acquired Lawton, Okla.-based Techrizon LLC, a provider of software, training, simulation and information security solutions.
On May 7, 2010, CGI Group Inc., a leading provider of information technology and business processing services, announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Stanley. The merger was finalized in August 2010.
Washington Technology listed Stanley at the 50th position in its 2007 list of the top 100 U.S. federal government prime contractors. In the 2008 listing, Stanley rose to the 48th position. In 2009, Stanley rose to the 45th position.
Fortune Magazine included Stanley in its 2007, 2008, and 2009 lists of the "100 Best Companies to Work For". The methodology that Fortune Magazine follows in determining the companies listed in the ranking includes an independent survey of a random sampling of company employees.
Stanley was ranked in the 10th position in the large companies category on the 2009 Best Places to Work in Oklahoma.
The 2009 Washington Business Journal Best Places to Work ranked Stanley in the 17th position in the large companies category.
- "Tucson to get secure passport production center" The Business Journal of Phoenix by Chris Casacchia on December 10, 2007
- Stanley, Inc. Press release, March 17, 2008. Stanley Awarded $570 Million Contract to Continue Support of Passport Program. Over 15-Year History of Providing Passport Services Continues.
- The New York Times, December 2, 2007. "Immigration Contractor Trims Wages". By Julia Preston
- United States Government Accountability Office, July 2007 GAO-07-1006 "Security of New Passports and Visas"
- The New York Times, March 22, 2008. "Passport Files of 3 Candidates Were Pried Into". by Helene Cooper
- http://www.stanleyassociates.com/news/Press_Releases/Official%20Statement%20from%20Stanley%2003_21_08.pdf Stanley Associates Website, March 21, 2008. "Official Statement from Stanley, Inc. in Response to Passport Files"
- The Breach Blog, March 22, 2008 "A breach that hits home with 2008 presidential candidates"
- USA Today "Passport Snooping Likely Rampant"
- Stanley to acquire Oberon Associates
- Washington Technology - Top 100 Federal Prime Contractors: 2007 – Stanley Inc.
- Washington Technology - Top 100 Federal Prime Contractors: 2008 – Stanley Inc.
- Washington Technology - Top 100 Federal Prime Contractors: 2009 – Stanley Inc.
- Fortune – 100 Best Companies to Work For, 2007 - Stanley (100th position)
- Fortune – 100 Best Companies to Work For, 2008 - Stanley (84th position)
- Fortune – 100 Best Companies to Work For, 2009 - Stanley (70th position)
- 2009 Best Places to Work in Oklahoma - Stanley (10th position)
- 2009 Washington Business Journal Best Places to Work - Stanley (17th position)