July 02, 2008

Work to stop fraud, get fired by DoD

This is, I would assume, largely the fault of the political appointees at DoD, not the career military personnel. At least I hope so. If it's not, then we're in deep trouble.

Mr. Smith, a career civilian employee, did his duty: He confronted KBR and warned that unless they supplied credible justification, he would levy penalties of 15 percent on future work payments while also, needless to say, blocking any performance bonuses for the company.

Whoops. Mr. Smith was replaced suddenly by the brass in overseeing the contract and the Pentagon took the unusual step of second-guessing its own auditors by hiring an outside contractor to reconsider the claims from KBR. Such is the clout of the Texas-based company and largest Pentagon contractor in Iraq, once part of the Halliburton conglomerate so dear to the heart and wallet of Vice President Dick Cheney.

Sure enough, KBR’s claims were soon unblocked. The contract Goliath got performance bonuses, too.

It's going to take an act of Congress to put KBR and it's professional employees on the EPLS. Where they belong. So, what's holding you up, Pelosi?

Posted by mcblogger at July 2, 2008 01:13 PM

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