“He was not involved as a leader on that team, but rather as part of the larger consultant group,” the spokesperson said, according to The Associated Press.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan was Buttigieg’s first client at McKinsey, according to a list of his consulting clients released by his campaign on Tuesday.
The project lasted approximately three months and “looked at overhead expenditures such as rent, utilities, and company travel,” his campaign said.
“The project he was assigned to did not involve policies, premiums, or benefits,” according to his campaign. “Because this was his first client study, it largely involved on-the-job training to develop skills in the use of spreadsheets and presentation software.”
Buttigieg, now the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a top-tier candidate in the 2020 Democratic primary, has faced scrutiny in recent days over his three-year stint working at the global consulting powerhouse.
The attention over his work there ramped up in recent weeks as activists criticized McKinsey’s work for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and his primary opponents pushed him to increase transparency over his work at the firm.