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US oversight of war-zone contractors labeled weak

by Richard Lardner Associated Press at SF Chronicle

President Barack Obama pledged nearly two years ago to fix the broken system of awarding and managing federal contracts. But a new report paints a grim picture of the government’s reliance on the private sector for support in war zones and urges a series of reforms to prevent more U.S. tax dollars from being wasted.

Commission on Wartime Contracting

The Commission on Wartime Contracting concluded that the use of hired hands has become a “default option,” pointing to the estimated $177 billion spent since 2001 on contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq, according

to a draft of the report expected to be released Thursday. Yet vigorous oversight and management of contractors by the Pentagon, State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development is too often “an administrative after-thought,” the report said.

The bipartisan commission is urging Congress to provide the agencies with more people and authority to control this industrial army, which at times has nearly equaled the size of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Unless Congress provides resources to oversee and evaluate contractor performance, waste will continue and national objectives will suffer,” according to the draft report, obtained by The Associated Press. The investment “will be amply repaid in reduced waste and increased effectiveness” of war-zone contracting, it said.

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February 22, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, ArmorGroup, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Department of Defense, DynCorp, Government Contractor, Iraq, KBR, Pakistan, Pentagon, Ronco, State Department, USAID, Wartime Contracting | , , , , , , , , ,

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