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The Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012

US Department of State  April 17, 2012


Patrick F. Kennedy
Under Secretary for Management
Statement before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight
Washington, DC
April 17, 2012
Good morning Chairman McCaskill, Senator Portman, and distinguished members of the subcommittee. Thank you for your invitation to appear here today to discuss Senate bill 2139, the Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012.
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We share the Committee’s desire to ensure that efforts continue to strengthen contingency contracting. S. 2139 raises a number of important issues. While our review of the bill is ongoing, we welcome the opportunity to discuss our initial views on the bill’s provisions.

We understand that this legislation builds on the recommendations of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan – an independent, bipartisan panel that you, Senator McCaskill, created along with Senator Webb in 2007. The State Department worked continuously with the Commission on Wartime Contracting (CWC) from when it was formed in early 2008 until it sunset last August, and gained valuable insight from the Commission’s efforts. We have taken many steps to improve our contingency contracting over the past several years, based on the CWC’s reports, recommendations from other oversight entities, and our own lessons learned.

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April 17, 2012 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contingency Contracting, Contractor Oversight, State Department | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I am part of a study team conducting research on the preparation pre-deployment preparation of civilian DoD contractors for deployment to Afghanistan and other kinetic areas. I went through CRC in 2007 prior to deploying to Iraq and found it a total waste of time. I am currently a senior mentor and trainer at Camp Atterbury Muscatatuck Center for Complex Operations preparing Foreign Service Officers, in an immersive training program using Afghan role players and interpreters and Indiana National Guard as the Force Protection team, for deployment to Afghanistan. I would like to gather data on the type of training that contracting companies such as DynCorp, PAE, BAE, Triple Canopy and others provide for contract civilian employees who do not attend the CRC but are given in-house training prior to, and during deployment. All names of persons and companies will be kept confidential. I am interested in the length of pre-deployment training, subject areas covered, methods of instruction and applicability once you get downrange. We are working with DoD to standardized the training for DoD contractors.I am not looking to engage private contracting companies unless the personnel have worked for large contractors such as DynCorp, L-3, BAE Systems, PAE, MPRI and the like. We are trying to see where the CRC and private contractor training training is falling short of the CENTCOM theater entry training requirements. I would be interested in the pre-deployment training curriculum from large contractors who have a waiver from sending their folks to CRC training. Thank you in advance. All correspondence will be held in struct confidence if you want to contact me privately.

    Comment by Richard M. Cavagnol | August 7, 2012 | Reply

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