SF Chronicle with Bloomberg July 7, 2011
July 7 (Bloomberg) — DynCorp International Inc., the largest U.S. contractor in Afghanistan, should refund at least $2 million it was paid by the State Department for costs that “were either not authorized or for services not provided” for Afghan police training work, according to an audit.
The payments were made because contracting officials from State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs “did not always perform a detailed review of invoices prior to payment,” said the audit released today by the Pentagon and State Department inspectors general.
Contracting officials approved invoices for unauthorized travel and purchases and excess labor costs, said the audit that examined State’s management of what’s now a $4.6 billion contract for Afghan police training and criminal justice initiatives.
Five contractors this week secured another chunk of a $10 billion global law-enforcement project of the U.S. State Dept., which is deploying hired guns and consultants worldwide.
Although the department yesterday (May 11) identified the companies to whom it awarded new contracts, it did not specify the destination or mission assigned to the respective vendors. Rather, it will pay the vendors on an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity, or IDIQ, basis.
DynCorp International, Justice Services International, MPRI, PAE Government Services, and Civilian Police International will provide a variety of “civilian police” (CIVPOL), corrections, and advisement services to clients of the State Dept.’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). The contractors on their websites are vigorously recruiting applicants in preparation of carrying out “task orders” that the State Dept. may submit.
According to a modified solicitation for the program, one of INL’s responsibilities is:
the provision of a wide array of support to criminal justice sector development programs worldwide. Program countries/areas include Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Sudan, and the West Bank… The contracts provide criminal justice advisors and life and mission support (LMS). LMS includes office and living facilities, subsistence, vehicles, and associated equipment and supplies.
Contractors must be able to deploy staff to targeted nations with as little as 72 hours notice from the State Dept., the Statement of Work (SOW) says.