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Ret. Navy officer, contractor enter guilty pleas to Iraq bribery scheme

Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. — A retired Navy officer and a contractor have entered guilty pleas in Virginia to paying bribes to obtain U.S. government contracts for work in Iraq.

According to the government, retired Lt. Cmdr. Frankie J. Hand Jr. of Chesapeake entered his plea Tuesday before a magistrate in Norfolk. The other plea was entered by 44-year-old Michelle L. Adams of Miami.

Prosecutors said 48-year-old Hand developed a relationship with Adams while stationed at Camp Taji near Baghdad in 2007. He allegedly obtained competing contractors’ bids and bribed Navy personnel to help Adams’ companies obtain contracts worth more than $757,000.

Hand also received thousands of dollars in kickbacks on the contracts.

Hand and Adams are scheduled for sentencing in March. Each faces 15 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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December 8, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Iraq | , , , , | Leave a comment

EODT Becomes Charter Signatory of International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers

LENOIR CITY, Tenn., Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire/ – EOD Technology, Inc. (EODT), a professional services company providing strategic stability operations support worldwide, was one of 45 international firms to become Charter Signatories to the International Code of Conduct (ICoC) for Private Security Service Providers. The ICoC establishes global standards for the private security industry and sets the stage for eventual company certification and oversight mechanisms.

The signing ceremony was hosted by the Swiss Government in Geneva on Nov. 9. The ICoC is the result of a 15 month multi-stakeholder process including private security companies, industry associations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)/civil society, with the assistance and support of the US, UK, and Swiss Governments. The signing ceremony was followed by several events which continued through the next day, largely focusing on initiating the next steps spelled out in the ICoC.

EODT President and CEO Matt Kaye, signing the ICoC on behalf of EODT, attended this ceremony and corresponding events alongside representatives from the US Department of State, US Department of Defense, the UK Government, Swiss Government, civil society, and the leaders of the other 45 security companies. EODT General Counsel Erik Quist, who was one of the key private security industry representatives involved in drafting the ICoC, also attend and was chosen to participate on a select panel of security industry, government, and civil society members to discuss independent mechanisms for governance and oversight. Going forward, EODT will be working with and providing assistance to the group charged with initiating the ICoC’s next steps. “This Code is a strong document and an important step in building an effective scheme for improving this industry’s human rights performance,” said Human Rights First’s Devon Chaffee, who spoke at the signing ceremony.

“As a market leader, EODT has worked for nearly five years with the International Stability Operations Association and other groups to establish enforceable operational and ethical standards as the benchmark for private security contractors,” said EODT’s President and CEO Matt Kaye. “EODT is delighted to be among the Charter Signatories of the ICoC. The signing of this historic International Code of Conduct is a great first step toward ensuring that all security companies adhere to the same high standards that EODT always has. We look forward to the US and UK Governments finalizing their efforts to require ICoC compliance as a condition to the award of their security contracts, as well as the general continuation of this process to gain widespread acceptance of the ICoC and ensure all security contractors embrace the accountability, transparency, and oversight it will require.”

December 8, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, EODT | , , , | Leave a comment

Federal agents raid military contractor, EOD Techology, in Lenoir City

Knoxville Biz

LENOIR CITY – Federal agents raided EOD Technology‘s headquarters this morning and executed a search warrant on the government contractor that is working for the U.S. military in Afghanistan.

EOD also has done work for the military in Iraq.

Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the federal Department of Homeland Security, assisted by Lenoir City police, were seen escorting company employees to their cars this morning.

A Homeland Security Department agent said the agencies were executing a federal search warrant on the company, and a Lenoir City Police Department dispatcher said the department was providing support.

Temple Black, a spokesman with the Department of Homeland Security, confirmed today the agency’s role in the EOD investigation. Black referred questions about the raid to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Knoxville.

“I can confirm that Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is involved in a law enforcement investigation in Lenoir City, Tenn.,” Black said.

“However, in order to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation, we are precluded from making any further comments at this time.”

EOD Technology released a statement on the raid this afternoon.

“This event came as a complete surprise to us,” the company said in a statement released by its Nashville public relations firm, McNeely Pigott & Fox.

“We are a very responsibly run company with a strong ethical standard, and do not know of anything that could have triggered this event.

“We are cooperating with the federal investigators to help clear up whatever concerns there are. We obviously would not have been selected for some of the sensitive and important projects we handle for our country around the world had we not been thoroughly investigated before and found to be trustworthy.

“We plan to continue serving our customers and keep our focus on our work. We hope this matter will be resolved swiftly.”

December 8, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, EODT | Leave a comment