Overseas Civilian Contractors

News and issues relating to Civilian Contractors working Overseas

DynCorp pays $155K to settle EEOC suit alleging worker in Iraq was subjected to anti-gay slurs

Note from OCC:  The EEOC does not bring a claim on behalf of an employee, or issue a Right to Sue, unless they determine beforehand that the charges are valid and should be investigated further.  DynCorp likely saved themselves having to admit on every proposal they submitted that they had this EEOC charge against them.

AP at The Republic  January 9, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Military contractor DynCorp International Inc. has agreed to pay $155,000 to settle a civil lawsuit alleging that a mechanic in Iraq was subjected to homophobic slurs and a hostile working environment.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit last year in federal court in Alexandria on behalf of DynCorp employee James Friso.

The suit alleged Friso endured frequent taunts from a co-worker during a four-month stint in Iraq in 2006 and 2007. Friso, who is married and heterosexual, complained to managers but was either ignored or threatened with transfer, according to the suit.

As part of a written settlement, Falls Church-based DynCorp makes no admission of guilt and agreed to provide training to its managers on sexual harassment policies in the workplace

January 9, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, DynCorp, Iraq, Lawsuits, Legal Jurisdictions | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Contractors waste billions awaiting clearances

If the INSA report’s estimates are accurate that 10 percent to 20 percent of contractors are awaiting security clearances at any given time, the cost of wasted contractor man-hours to the government would be roughly between $900 million and $1.8 billion a month

by Sarah Chocko Federal Times  January 8, 2012

Federal delays in granting security clearances keep 10 percent to 20 percent of federal intelligence contractors from doing their intended work, wasting billions of dollars, a new report says.

Contractors — many of whom are former federal employees who held clearances in the past — can wait weeks to months for a security clearance when they take on a new assignment with a different federal agency, according to the report by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), a nonprofit group representing federal intelligence and military officials, as well as federal contractors.

Agencies typically do not honor security clearances granted by other federal agencies, even though they are supposed to.

“If the person holds the clearances … you shouldn’t have to go through a lot of process,” said Charlie Allen, former Homeland Security undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, who led the INSA Security Clearance Reform task force. “We think the processes could be greatly improved. Significant savings can be incurred.”

While new employees wait, they still draw the plum salaries reserved for those with security clearances — doing nothing or work that doesn’t require special access.

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