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U.S. Insurance Firm CNA Neglects Survivors of Iraqi Translators, May Face Criminal Charges

U.S. insurer faces criminal probe over Iraqis’ unpaid death benefits

Thanks to T Christian Miller and ProPublica  May 23, 2011  and at The LA Times

An administrative law judge has referred a U.S. insurance company for criminal investigation after the firm failed to pay benefits owed to survivors of Iraqi translators killed while working for the American government.

Under a federally funded program, Chicago-based CNA Financial Corp. provides insurance coverage to contractors killed or injured while working overseas for the United States. The slain translators were helping to train Iraqi police recruits.

Instead of paying out benefits, however, CNA withheld information from the federal government and avoided making payments to nine families who lost relatives in a 2006 attack, according to court files and interviews. One widow lost her home, unable to keep up payments after her son and other translators were ambushed by insurgents in the southern city of Basrah, one of her attorneys said.

In a ruling this week, administrative law Judge Daniel Solomon ordered CNA to begin making payments to the families. In an unusual move highlighting the government’s concern over potential fraud, the judge also told the Labor Department, which oversees the program, to investigate whether the insurance carrier should face criminal charges. A Labor spokesman said the agency would “fully investigate” the allegations to determine whether to ask the Justice Department to prosecute the case.

CNA said it was also looking into the case.

“We are investigating the matter and will take all appropriate actions,” said Katrina Parker, a company spokeswoman.

Attorneys for the families said they believe CNA withheld documents to avoid making payments.

“These were people who helped the U.S. in Iraq,” said Agnieszka Fryszman, an attorney for the families. “Their families were kicked to the curb when they were most in need of help.”

CNA’s failure to pay out benefits underscores the continuing problems with the Defense Base Act, essentially the workers compensation system for overseas federal contractors.

The system was little-used until the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan sent hundreds of thousands of private contractors onto the battlefield. All told, the government has paid out nearly $1.5 billion in premiums since 2001.

Reporting in 2009 by ProPublica, the Los Angeles Times and ABC’s 20/20 [1] revealed deep flaws in the program. Workers fought long battles for medical care, including such things as prosthetic devices and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Foreign workers, including Iraqi and Afghan translators, often did not receive payments or treatment. The Labor Department seldom took action to enforce the law. One official called the system a “fiasco.”

Congress subsequently held hearings [2] that showed that American insurers were reaping large profits from the program. Documents showed that CNA reported the highest profits margins, taking in nearly 50 percent more in premiums than it paid out in benefits.

The case decided this week began on Oct. 29, 2006, when insurgents boarded a bus and killed 17 Iraqi-born translators working in Basrah for Sallyport Global Services, a logistics and security contractor. The insurgents later scattered their bodies around the city.

Under the law, CNA was responsible for paying death benefits to the translators’ dependents. CNA paid when translators had children and spouses, according to interviews and court records, but not to other survivors. Several translators had no children, but supported parents or other family members.

In such cases, the Labor Department demands proof that survivors relied on contractors’ earnings. CNA hired investigators who interviewed nine families, confirmed their eligibility, and even set up bank accounts. But CNA withheld portions of the investigators’ findings when it submitted the claims to the Labor Department, court records show.

One CNA file shows that the slain translator had supported his mother, a widow, since his father was killed in the Iraq-Iran war. The town council even issued a statement of support, confirming the translator was his mother’s “sole provider.” Another CNA file shows that another translator killed in the ambush was sole support for his family, which “could be described as very poor.”

But those pages were missing from the information CNA submitted to the Labor Department. As a result, Labor officials accepted CNA’s declaration that there were no dependents to pay in any of the nine cases.

The translators’ attorneys at Cohen Milstein, a well-known Washington firm doing pro bono work on the case, estimated that CNA owed a total of about $500,000 to the nine families. Instead, CNA paid about $45,000 into a special federal fund set up to help support the workers compensation system.

The company subsequently recovered some of that money plus additional fees under an obscure law—the War Hazards Compensation Act—that allows insurance carriers to recoup costs for contractors killed in hostile acts, court documents show.

In one case, CNA paid $5,000 into the special fund and $518 to a translator’s family for burial expenses, but was reimbursed $9,289 by the federal government for investigating and handling the claims.

A Sallyport official said the company believed that CNA had made payments to all of the translators’ families except one, which declined to accept money because of security concerns.

In an emailed statement, the company declined further comment due to the litigation. It said it would “continue to monitor the situation and support the families within our remit.”

Please see The Defense Base Act Compensation Blog for more criminal abuses by CNA

May 23, 2011 Posted by | AIG and CNA, Civilian Casualties, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Defense Base Act, Follow the Money, Iraq, War Hazards Act | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Judge dismisses parts of Blackwater lawsuit

Associated Press at AJC  May 20, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A federal judge has tossed out parts of a lawsuit filed by two former employees against the security company formerly known as Blackwater

But the judge decided at a hearing Friday in Virginia to allow other key claims to go to trial next month.

Brad and Melan (Meh-LAWN’) Davis sued in 2008 under a whistleblower law. They allege Blackwater used excessive force and submitted fraudulent bills for its work in Iraq and Afghanistan. Blackwater, now known as Xe (ZEE) Services, denies the allegations.

Please read the entire article here

May 21, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Iraq, Private Security Contractor | , , , | Leave a comment

Pakistan stops NATO supplies after 16 people killed in blast

ISLAMABAD, May 21 (Xinhua) — Pakistani authorities Saturday suspended supplies to the foreign troops in neighboring Afghanistan hours after a blast at an NATO oil tanker killed 16 persons, officials said.

An official said that suspected militants attacked and torched NATO oil tankers in two separate incidents late Friday night at Landikotal, a main town in Khyber region and the borer point of Torkham.

When locals gathered around the tanker at Landikotal to acquire the leaked oil, the tanker blew up due to gas pressure, killing 16 persons there.

Pakistan suspended supplies to nearly 160,000 U.S.-led NATO troops after the incident, officials in the region said.

Witnesses said that hundreds of NATO supplies trucks were stranded on the main Pakistan-Afghan highway after the blockade.

Officials said that some 70 percent supplies for the NATO troops are transported through Pakistan.

Militants, fighting Pakistani forces, regularly target NATO supply trucks, also forcing the U.S. to sign alternate supply routes with Russia.

Please read the entire article here

May 21, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Pakistan, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , | Leave a comment

OFWs in Afghanistan seek Binay’s help

By Mayen Jaymalin The Philippine Star Updated May 21, 2011 12:00 AM

Manila, Philippines – After trying to save lives of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) facing death penalty, Vice President Jejomar Binay may soon take the task of saving jobs of Filipinos employed in Afghanistan.

A group of Filipino workers in Afghanistan yesterday sought the help of Binay to prevent the displacement of about 5,000 OFWs employed in a US military base there.

The OFWs said there are still opportunities for Filipinos to work and earn money for their families since US troops are projected to operate there until 2014.

However, the workers said they stand to lose the employment opportunity simply because the Philippine government refuses to lift the ban on deployment of Filipino workers to Afghanistan.

Earlier, the US government ordered all contractors to stop hiring foreign workers from countries restricting deployment of workers to Afghanistan.

Since the issuance of the order, a number of Filipinos have been terminated each month by their US and international contractors working in US bases all over Afghanistan.

OFWs whose employment contracts have expired were immediately repatriated back to the Philippines with the US contractor shouldering the cost.

Because of this, the Filipinos in Afghanistan (FIA), an organization of more than 1,000 Filipinos working in high-level and supervisory positions with international organizations and skilled workers from 64 US bases in the war-torn country, was forced to seek the help of Binay.  Please read the entire article here

May 20, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions | , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Civilian Contractor’s lost to PTSD Suicide this week

It is with sorrow that knows no bounds this evening

that we must announce that

the contractor community has lost two more lives

to PTSD

only five days apart

They were both former DynCorp employees covered by CNA under the Defense Base Act

Two families, which both include children, left with the horror and guilt that suicide leaves in it’s wake

Out of respect for these grieving families and friends

we are withholding details until a more suitable time

Please keep these families in your hearts and prayers

May our departed friends find the peace they were deprived of here

___

To those of you suffering from PTSD,  to those friends of these contractors suffering from PTSD, please do not wait for for your employer or the insurance company to fulfill their obligations.

Both of these deaths could easily have been prevented by proper screening and prompt treatment.

Please, everyone, PTSD Kills


May 19, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Defense Base Act, DynCorp, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, Vetting Employees | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Taliban Attack Contractor Compound, Killing 35 Afghans

By HABIB KHAN TOTAKHIL  at The Wall Street Journal

KABUL—The Taliban attacked a construction company’s compound in eastern Afghanistan, killing 35 Afghan workers employed by a U.S.-funded road project, Afghan officials said.

In the predawn strike on the Galaxy Sky compound in Paktia province, the Taliban killed security guards, engineers and laborers, said provincial government spokesman Rohullah Samon. Eight militants were also killed as the company’s guards fought back, he added.

The attack was the bloodiest so far on U.S.-funded contractors since the beginning of the Taliban’s spring offensive, which began May 1. In a statement announcing the offensive, the Taliban promised to target contractors associated with the Afghan government or foreign forces.

The Taliban especially oppose road-building programs, which make it easier for coalition armored vehicles to patrol insurgent-dominated areas.

Galaxy Sky, an Afghan construction company, is building a 35-kilometer (22-mile) stretch of road in an area under Taliban influence, Mr. Samon said.

Please read the entire report here

May 19, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Taliban | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cuts Mean Windfalls for Contractors

Mike Causey’s Federal Report  May 19, 2011

Contractors who are making big bucks helping Uncle Sam with national defense/homeland security could reap a major talent-and-dollars windfall if Congress slashes 150,000 federal jobs and lowers benefits for future retirees.

Many of them are watching in delight as politicians, in the name of economy, move to make government a not-so-great place to work. One proposal would trim take-home pay 5 to 6 percent.

Not that there is any connection, but contractors, using money paid them by the government, contribute a lot more money to politicians than federal and postal workers can or do.

Since 9/11, thousands of long-time federal workers from Defense, Homeland Security, Customs, ICE, the Secret Service and the FBI have left or retired to take related jobs in the private sector. They have several things that make them invaluable to companies that want to do high-security business with the government: A stable retirement benefit from the government, experience and contacts inside government, and must-have invaluable security clearances that are hard to come by.

Please read the entire report by Mike Causey

May 19, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor | , , | Leave a comment

What news organizations owe the fixers they rely on, leave behind in foreign countries

by Steve Myers at Poynter Published May 18, 2011 3:23 pm Updated May 18, 2011 4:00 pm

Afghan mourners look at a picture of slain Afghan translator Ajmal Naqshbandi during a gathering to condemn Naqshbandi’s killing in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 10, 2007. (Farzana Wahidy/AP)

When four New York Times journalists were released by the Libyan government in March, many journalists knew their names: Stephen Farrell, Anthony Shadid, Lynsey Addario, Tyler Hicks. Fewer could name the person with them who is still missing and may be dead: Mohamed Shaglouf, their driver.

In 2009, British commandos rescued Stephen Farrell from his Taliban captors; his translator was killed and his body left behind. His name: Sultan Munadi. That same year, freelance photojournalists Addario and Teru Kuwayama were hurt and their driver was killed in a car crash in Pakistan. The driver was a well-known “fixer”: Raza Khan.

When the Taliban kidnapped an Italian journalist in 2007, they beheaded his driver, Sayed Agha. The journalist was freed; his translator, Ajmal Naqshbandi, was killed. Jill Carroll’s interpreter was killed when she was abducted in Iraq in 2006. His name: Alan Enwiya.

Their names are unfamiliar because they work in the background, arranging transportation, translating, finding sources, figuring out what’s safe and what’s not. Sometimes these people are journalists themselves, sometimes they just know English and know people.

Even in death, they’re practically nameless, known by what they were doing when they were killed: Farrell’s translator, Addario and Kuwayama’s driver; Carroll’s interpreter.

Please read the entire post at Poynter

May 19, 2011 Posted by | Journalists, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Senators press for burn pit update from military

TAMPA BAY ONLINE  May 18, 2011

Armed with a new study showing military personnel deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq are eight times more likely to suffer respiratory problems than those who are not, two senators are asking the Department of Defense to provide an immediate update on what is being done about the problem of burn pits, which have operated in both countries.

Armed with a new study showing military personnel deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq are eight times more likely to suffer respiratory problems than those who are not, two senators are asking the Department of Defense to provide an immediate update on what is being done about the problem of burn pits, which have operated in both countries.

Democrats Bill Nelson of Florida and Charles Schumer of New York got involved with the issue after the December death of retired Army Sgt. Bill McKenna, who was born in New York but lived in Spring Hill.

McKenna, 41, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, died at HPH Hospice, of Spring Hill, from cancer he contracted after constant exposure to the thick smoke that wafted almost every hour of every day across Balad Air Base in Iraq, where McKenna was stationed about 18 months.

In bases across Afghanistan, amputated body parts, Humvee parts, human waste, plastic meal trays and other garbage are incinerated using jet fuel in large trenches called burn pits. The military halted the practice in Iraq last year.

Thousands of military personnel may have been exposed to the toxic fumes and, across the United States, more than 300 have joined a class-action lawsuit against KBR, the military contractor that operated some of the burn pits at bases in Iraq.

The company is fighting the suit, filed in federal court in Maryland, claiming it operated some pits at the military’s direction; most were operated by the Army.

Late last year, after a News Channel 8-Tampa Tribune investigation, the Department of Veterans Affairs ruled McKenna’s cancer was directly related to burn pits and awarded him 100 percent service-connected disability.

Please read the entire story here

May 18, 2011 Posted by | Burn Pits, Civilian Contractors, Toxic | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Diplomat visits arrested Frenchmen in Libya

AFP at ExPatica France  May 17,2011

A French diplomat has met with four Frenchmen who were arrested in the Libyan rebel city of Benghazi and accused of spying for strongman Moamer Kadhafi, the French government said on Tuesday.

Paris’s envoy, Antoine Sivan, approached the National Transitional Council (NTC), the rebels’ leadership, and was allowed to meet the four on Saturday, French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told reporters.

A fifth Frenchman, ex-paratrooper Pierre Marziali, was shot dead when the rebels who control Benghazi arrested the five on Friday.

Marziali was the founder of a private security firm that had opened an office in Benghazi and his four companions were also working for the firm.

The rebels said the five were not private security contractors but were in Benghazi to sabotage the anti-Kadhafi revolution.

The NTC “authorities are investigating to establish the circumstances of what happened,” Valero said. “They promised our ambassador they will keep us informed of the results.”

Please see the original at ExPatica France

May 17, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Libya, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor | , , , , | Leave a comment

As U.S. Military Exits Iraq, Contractors To Enter

by Tom Bowen NPR  May 17, 2011

A U.S. Army helicopter brigade is set to pull out of Baghdad in December, as part of an agreement with the Iraqi government to remove U.S. forces. So the armed helicopters flying over the Iraqi capital next year will have pilots and machine gunners from DynCorp International, a company based in Virginia.

On the ground, it’s the same story. American soldiers and Marines will leave. Those replacing them, right down to carrying assault weapons, will come from places with names like Aegis Defence Services and Global Strategies Group — eight companies in all.

All U.S. combat forces are scheduled to leave Iraq by year’s end, but there will still be a need for security. That means American troops will be replaced by a private army whose job will be to protect diplomats.

Already, the State Department is approving contracts, but there are questions about whether it makes sense to turn over this security job to private companies.

Security For The State Department

Overseeing the armed personnel is Patrick Kennedy, a top State Department official.

“I think the number of State Department security contractors would be somewhere in the area of between 4,500 and 5,000,” Kennedy says.

That’s roughly the size of an Army brigade, and double the number of private security contractors there now.

The State Department has an in-house security force, but it has just 2,000 people to cover the entire world. They handle everything from protecting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to guarding embassies and consulates.

Kennedy says for a tough job like Iraq, he needs help.

“In a situation like this, where you have a surge requirement that exceeds the capability of the State Department, it is normal practice to contract out for personnel to assist during those surge periods,” he says.

A Shaky Record

But the State Department has a shaky record overseeing armed guards. A recent congressional study found that many contractor abuses in Iraq were caused by those working for the State Department, not for the Pentagon.

The most notorious was the shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians at a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007. Guards with the private security contractor Blackwater opened fire while protecting a State Department convoy. A U.S. investigation later found there was no threat to that convoy.

Among those contractors who will be working in Iraq next year is International Development Services, a company with links to Blackwater, now renamed Xe Services.

State Department officials say they’ve made changes since that deadly incident in Baghdad. There are now more State Department supervisors; contractors must take an interpreter on all convoys; and companies can be penalized for poor performance.

But Grant Green, a member of the Commission on Wartime Contracting created by Congress, says that’s not enough. He told a House panel recently that the State Department still isn’t ready to assume responsibility for Iraq next year.

“They do not have enough oversight today to oversee and manage those contractors in the way they should be,” Green says.

Kennedy of the State Department disputes that contention. He says there are plenty of supervisors who shadow these private contractors.

“We have trained State Department security professionals in every convoy in every movement in Iraq,” Kennedy says.

‘Beef Up’ State Department Forces?

But that raises a broader question: Should the State Department be turning over these inherently military jobs to private contractors?

Pratap Chatterjee of the Center for American Progress doesn’t think so. Chatterjee, who writes about contractors, says these are government roles that demand accountability to the public. He has another idea about what should be done.

“You might as well beef up the Bureau of Diplomatic Security,” he says.

That means greatly expanding the State Department security force of 2,000 that now covers the entire world.

“And make sure you have the capability for future operations in countries like Libya or wherever it is, rather than assuming the private contractors will do a good job because you’ve written a good contract. That’s just not good enough,” Chatterjee says.

It may be impractical to hire thousands more State Department security personnel. Stuart Bowen, the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, says today’s wars are different — they’re lengthy and ambitious. So it doesn’t make sense to build a large force to protect diplomats.

“I don’t expect that the United States is going be engaged in a stabilization operation of the size of either Iraq or Afghanistan in the near future,” Bowen says.

That may be true. But for the time being, private security contractors — thousands more — will soon be on the job in Iraq.

Please see the original here with comments and listen to the audio

May 17, 2011 Posted by | Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, DynCorp, Iraq, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, State Department, Xe | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Family demand answers over plane crash that killed Former Welsh soldier

Wales Online May 17, 2011

The family of a former Welsh soldier killed in a plane crash in the remote mountains of Afghanistan today called for answers from the country’s government on the first anniversary of the tragedy.

Chris Carter, third from left, in a picture found at the crash site

Chris Carter, 51, from Caerphilly, was one of three Brits among the 44 passengers and crew onboard the Pamir Airways domestic flight.

Despite repeated attempts by the families’ lawyers to unearth details about why the ageing Antonov AN24B aircraft crashed, mystery still surrounds its cause. And there has been no message of condolence or communication from the airline.

Paul Carter, Chris’ brother, said described the last year for the family as “pretty dire”.

The family say they have not received any message of condolence nor any correspondence from Pamir or the Afghan Government over the crash.

Mr Carter said: “It’s been an awful journey. We are talking about 12 months to the day – that time has flown in the blink of an eye.

“Chris left a devoted wife in Pat and three lovely daughters, Louise, Sarah and Claire.

“They will never come to terms with what’s happened.

“We are trying to get some accountability, there’s not even been anything just to say sorry. It’s painful for everyone.”

Chris Carter was an experienced soldier with the Royal Regiment of Wales (now 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh), having served in Iraq, Bosnia as well as tours of duty in Northern Ireland.

He was in Afghanistan working with International Relief and Development, an organisation involved with the rebuilding of the war-torn country’s infrastructure and combating the drugs trade.

Mr Carter’s body was not flown home until three months after the crash on May 17, 2010.

The Irwin Mitchell Aviation Law team is acting for the three British families and is also liaising with representatives of 29 Afghan victims.

Jim Morris, a partner in the Irwin Mitchell Aviation Law team and himself a former RAF pilot, said: “We and our clients understand that the Kunduz to Kabul flight took off in bad weather before losing contact and crashing in the Afghan mountains.

Please read the entire article here

May 17, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , | Leave a comment

Falklands mines a running drain of funds

UPI Security Industry   May 16, 2011

STANLEY, Falkland Islands, May 16 (UPI) — Thousands of unexploded mines from the 1982 Falklands conflict are a continuing drain on scarce financial resources of the British-ruled territory and will likely remain untouched unless large funds are injected into the operation to bring back demining experts.

A brief mine-clearing spell in the 2009-10 summer season raised hopes the islands’ scenic spots would once again become safe to use but neither the Falklands government nor the private sector had resources to prolong the operation.

Argentina and Britain battled on the islands and the Atlantic waters for 74 days after an Argentine military-led invasion tried to wrest control. British forces beat back the Argentines, who planted thousands of mines across the territories before pulling back to their country.

Despite the British forces’ mine-clearing works after the war and the privately run government-financed pilot project two years ago, at least 25,000 mines are embedded in the islands’ sometimes idyllic landscapes.

Please read the entire story at UPI Security Industry

May 16, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Demining | , | Leave a comment

KBR truck drivers awarded class arbitration status for unpaid overtime worked (docs)

Crossposted from MsSparky May 16, 2011

KBR truck drivers win a major victory in the ongoing battle with KBR regarding being forced to work “off the clock”. The KBR management war cry of “84 and no more”, meaning a driver could only document 84 hours per week on their time sheet even though they were forced to work much more, meant drivers were forced to risk their lives and work for free in a profession with the highest civilian casualty rate in Iraq.

KBR truck drivers initiated class arbitration proceedings before Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS) on November 1, 2007, asserting that KBR breached their employment contracts with them and other employees by failing and refusing to pay them for all hours worked.

arbitrator, granted class certification Thursday to KBR truck drivers who said KBR Inc. breached an employment agreement by pressuring them to under-report hours worked under the military’s Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) contract in Iraq.

While most cases involving unreported overtime should be dealt with on an individual basis because they usually involve different supervisors giving different orders to different employees, the current dispute is not a “typical ‘off-the-clock’ case,” according to arbitrator Michael Loeb.

In the Certification Award, Arbitrator Loeb granted petitioners’ motion to certify a class of truck drivers and convoy leads who worked for KBR in Iraq between November 1, 2003 and the present.

NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION FOR ORDER CONFIRMING ARBITRATOR’S APRIL 28, 2011 AWARD GRANTING MOTION FOR CLASS CERTIFICATION AND APRIL 28, 2011 AWARD CONFIRMING WAIVER OF RIGHT TO CHALLENGE WHETHER ARBITRATION CLAUSE ENCOMPASSES ARBITRATION OF CLASS CLAIMS

The law firms involved with this case are:

Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall

Skikos Crawford Skikos & Joseph

Altshuler Berzon

Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson

I hope other defense contractors are taking note. KBR has gotten away with these and other employee abuses for years, but it looks like it’s finally catching up with them and I do hope it costs them big. If I’m not mistaken, forcing someone to work and not paying them is and always has been considered slavery!

Where was the DoD in all this? Why were they allowing this to go on?  Ms Sparky

Please see the original post and leave your comments at MsSparky

May 16, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Casualties, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Contractor Oversight, Department of Defense, Halliburton, Iraq, KBR, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Senators: GAO should investigate DOD

By CHARLES HOSKINSON | 5/16/11 8:16 AM EDT

A bipartisan group of senators are questioning whether the Pentagon will meet a 2017 deadline for the first complete audit of its finances, and are calling for a Government Accountability Office investigation.

In a statement that will be released later Monday, Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Scott Brown (R- Mass), John McCain (R-Ariz), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla), said the latest Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness status report from the Pentagon raised concerns that the deadline set in a 1990 law won’t be met, despite the plan it lays out to comply.

See the entire story at Politico

May 16, 2011 Posted by | Department of Defense | , , , | Leave a comment