Overseas Civilian Contractors

News and issues relating to Civilian Contractors working Overseas

Steven Lewis Weinbrenner, Civilian Contractor, found dead while home from Afghanistan

FBI now investigating Steven Weinbrenner Death  May 8, 2012

Hobart Community   May 3, 2012

Police are investigating the death of a 59-year-old Hobart man whose body was found lying near a container of potassium cyanide.

“We’re not ruling anything out as to the cause of death,” police Detective David Evans said.

The deceased is identified as Steven Lewis Weinbrenner, Evans said.

Police were called to the Weinbrenner home, in the 300 block of Fox Trail Court, shortly before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a call from the deceased man’s son.

Both the Hobart Fire Department and Hazmat personnel were called to the scene because of the potassium cyanide found in the house, Evans said.

Hazmat personnel removed the body to a secure site.

Weinbrenner had been employed as a chemist, but was most recently working as a private contractor for the government in Afghanistan, Evans said.

Evans said Weinbrenner had been home, but was scheduled to go back to Afghanistan later this week.

The death investigation by police will be concluded once reports are received from both the Lake County Coroner and Hazmat, Evans said.

Evans said it’s his understanding that at least a couple of the firefighters who were called to the scene had to be taken to St. Mary Medical Center because they fell ill.

Hobart Fire Chief Brian Taylor could not be reached for comment about their condition

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Steven L. Weinbrenner , International Safety Director, Black & Veatch

May 3, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Afghan Public Protection Force Signs First Contracts

Defpro News   March 8, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan | The Afghan Public Protection Force signed its first contracts for security service today with three companies, marking an important milestone in the ongoing transition from Private Security Companies to the APPF.

The Minister of Interior, Bismullah Khan Mohammedi, presided over the ceremony and thanked APPF leadership, the NATO International Security Assistance Force, and the U.S. Agency for International Development for their support in executing the transition to APPF-led security services.

“From this day on, the responsibility for security services will transition from private security companies to the APPF, one after the other,” said Minister Mohammedi.

APPF Deputy Minister Jemal Abdul Naser Sidiqi signed three contracts with International Relief and Development (IRD), one with Louis Berger – Black and Veatch, and another with AFGS. IRD and Louis Berger – Black and Veatch are both USAID implementing partners performing development projects around Afghanistan.

“We welcome this security transition as a natural step for Afghanistan,” said Bill Haight, representing the Louis Berger – Black and Veatch joint venture.

In August 2010, President Hamid Karzai ordered private security companies to be disbanded, and the APPF was identified to take over security responsibility from these companies. The APPF is focusing now on taking over security responsibility for development projects, convoys and commercial businesses. By March 2013, all security for ISAF bases and construction sites is scheduled to transition to the APPF

March 8, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Private Security Contractor, Safety and Security Issues, USAID | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Firm with checkered record,Black & Veatch Corp.,hired for Afghan work

Richard Lardner and Brett Blackledge at Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is counting on an American contractor with a record of cost overruns and missed deadlines to handle a critical component of Gen. David Petraeus’ plan to stabilize volatile southern Afghanistan: quickly deliver more electricity to the power-starved region.

The U.S. Agency for International Development last month awarded Black & Veatch Corp. of Overland Park, Kan., a no-bid contract worth $266 million to push more power into Kandahar and Helmand provinces. Officials say expanding electrical access will improve the quality of life for Afghans, undercutting the influence of the Taliban-led insurgency.

USAID called Black & Veatch a “proven partner” in a statement Monday. The agency also said it has changed its contracting operations and won’t hesitate to penalize or terminate arrangements with vendors that fail to deliver.  Please see the original here

January 10, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contract Awards, Contracts Awarded, State Department, USAID | , , , , , , | Leave a comment