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KBR changes policies to comply with Franken Amendment

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Well….it’s official. By KBR’s own email admission, they will no longer force you into “behind closed doors secret arbitration” if they falsely imprison you, if you are raped and/or assaulted by a boss or co-worker, if you are discriminated against or harassed by your boss or co-worker  etc. One might think they made these changes because it was the morally and ethically right thing to do. But sadly, that is not the case. KBR had to be forced to make these changes. Thank you Jamie Leigh Jones and Senator Al Franken! SHAME ON YOU KBR!

Below is an excerpt from “The Weekly Delivery” KBR’s LOGCAP III weekly magazine distributed to all employees.

This information applies to you if you are currently covered by the Dispute Resolution Program.
AMENDMENTS to the DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROGRAM
Effective March 29, 2010

Copy of February 23, 2010 e-mail:

TO: All KBR Employees
FROM: Andrew Farley, Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Since 1993, the Dispute Resolution Program (DRP) has helped employees with finding productive solutions when workplace conflicts occur. Recent legislation and experiences have necessitated some amendments to the DRP and we are now giving you 30 days notice of these changes, which provide as follows:

  1. The DRP will now exempt from arbitration any claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or any tort related to or arising out of sexual assault or harassment, including assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, or negligent hiring, supervision, or retention (See Plan Paragraph 2.E.4 and 3.E)
  2. Clarifies who is covered by the Dispute Resolution Program (See Plan Paragraph 2.G)
  3. Updates the selection process for the arbitrator (See Rules Paragraph 4 and 5)
  4. Makes two typographical corrections in the Vacancies paragraph, with references to Paragraphs 5 and 6(instead of 6 and 5 as before) (See Rules Paragraph 6)
  5. Refines how the hearing location is selected and set by the arbitrator (See Rules Paragraph 7.A and C)
  6. Further defines the circumstances under which an arbitrator may modify an award (See Rules Paragraph 27
  7. Clarifies the limitations for filing formal DRP proceedings (See Rules Paragraph 34.B)
  8. Updates the International Ombudsman Association Standards of Practice in the Appendix, now dated 2009

The changes will go into effect on March 29, 2010. However, no change shall apply to a Dispute which is initiated prior to March 29, 2010.

The Dispute Resolution Program brochures will be reprinted and available to you soon, but in the mean time, the revised Plan and Rules is available online at theDRP website.

Should you have questions about these changes, please call the DRP office at 713-753-5383, or 800-947-7658.

Thank you.

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April 9, 2010 Posted by | KBR, Rape | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Defense Contractor’s CEO Charged With Bribe Over Contract

‘Honest’ defense contractors an endangered species!

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NEW YORK – The president and chief executive of a Long Island, N.Y., defense contractor was arrested Thursday on charges he allegedly offered a bribe to a U.S. Department of Defense civilian employee to increase the size of a spare parts contract.

Thanomsak Hongthong, president and CEO of VDH Precision Machining Corp., was charged with one count of bribery of a public official. He faces up to 15 years in prison on the charge.

A lawyer for Hongthong didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment late Thursday.

Bail was set at $200,000 at a hearing before a U.S. magistrate judge in Trenton on Thursday.

VDH is a manufacturer of electrical and mechanical component parts in Bohemia, N.Y.

In a criminal complaint, prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Trenton, N.J., alleged Hongthong offered a bribe to a civilian contracting officer at the U.S. Army’s contracting center for the Communications and Electronics Command, or CECOM, at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey.  The alleged bribe was meant to increase the size of a $1.78 million contract for spare parts, which included 85 gear assemblies.

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Contract Awards, Contractor Corruption, Wartime Contracting | , , , | Leave a comment

CV-22 Osprey Crashes in Afghanistan Kills Contractor

ISAF Joint Command – Afghanistan

2010-04-CA-027
For Immediate Release

KABUL, Afghanistan (April 9) – A U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey crashed in southern Afghanistan late last night, killing three U.S. servicemembers, one civilian employee, and injuring numerous other servicemembers. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

The CV-22 was carrying U.S. Forces when it crashed approximately seven miles west of Qalat City, in Zabul Province. The injured were transported to a nearby base for medical treatment.

The CV-22 conducts long range infiltration and resupply for U.S. Forces. It employs tilt-rotor technology that allows it to take off and land as a helicopter. While in the air the engines can roll forward, allowing the aircraft to fly faster than a standard helicopter.

The CV-22 is a modified version of the Marine MV-22.

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, NATO | , , , | Leave a comment