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.

[13] - August 11 2009 Business Systems Hearing.pdf

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