Sunday, March 28, 2010

KBR Bills $5 Million for Mechanics Who Work 43 Minutes a Month

KBR Bills $5 Million For Mechanics Who Work 43 Minutes a Month

And as more GIs come home, the waste could get even worse.

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It was just a single contract for a single job on a single base in Iraq. The Department of Defense agreed to pay the megacontractor KBR [1] $5 million a year to repair tactical vehicles, from Humvees to big rigs, at Joint Base Balad [2], a large airfield and supply center north of Baghdad. Yet according to a new Pentagon report [3] [PDF], what the military got was as many as 144 civilian mechanics, each doing as little as 43 minutes of work a month, with virtually no oversight. The report, issued March 3 by the DOD's inspector general, found that between late 2008 and mid-2009, KBR performed less than 7 percent of the work it was expected to do, but still got paid in full.

Links:
[1] http://www.kbr.com/
[2] http://www.balad.afcent.af.mil/
[3] http://www.dodig.mil/Audit/reports/fy10/10-046.pdf
[4] http://seekingalpha.com/article/191151-kbr-inc-q4-2009-earnings-call-transcript
[5] https://motherjones.com/politics/2009/02/inheriting-halliburtons-army?page=1
[6] http://www.kbr.com/Newsroom/Press-Releases/2010/03/02/KBR-Awarded-Major-Task-Order-Under-Logistics-Civil-Augmentation-Program-LOGCAP-IV-Contract/
[7] http://motherjones.com/politics/2009/10/cashing-war-dividend
[8] http://www.wartimecontracting.gov/
[9] http://www.wartimecontracting.gov/index.php/about/commissioners/shays
[10] http://www.wartimecontracting.gov/index.php/about/commissioners/tiefer
[11] http://motherjones.com/politics/2005/03/digging
[12] http://www.wartimecontracting.gov/index.php/pressroom/pressreleases/139-cwc-nr-23
[13] http://www.wartimecontracting.gov/images/download/documents/hearings/20090811/Transcript - August 11 2009 Business Systems Hearing.pdf
[14] http://www.wartimecontracting.gov/images/download/documents/hearings/20091102/Statement_from_Ms_April_Stephenson_DCAA.pdf
[15] http://bailout.propublica.org/programs/1-capital-purchase-program
[16] http://blogs.federaltimes.com/federal-times-blog/2009/10/26/breaking-april-stephenson-out-as-dcaa-director/
[17] http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0909/092309rb1.htm
[18] http://bigthink.com/ideas/4014

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