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.
Back on March 22 we told you about Michael Riddle, the former senior employment manager at defense contractor DynCorp International’s Fort Worth outpost who claimed in court docs he was fired last September for being a whistleblower. Specifically, Riddle alleged in Dallas federal court papers that DynCorp took millions from the State Department to create “a list of ready, willing and able Americans with prior law enforcement backgrounds” who could be sent to Iraq or Afghanistan, among other trouble spots. Riddle claimed, though, that no such database ever existed — and that DynCorp officials had no intention of creating one, to the point where, he says, he was told to make one up when the feds started snooping around.
It took more than two months for DynCorp to file its response; it even asked for an extension in early May. But, finally, it has an answer to Riddle’s complaint, which is, simply: Why, he’s no whistleblower at all, but, instead, just a disgruntled ex-employee retaliating against his former employer for firing him for “performance deficiencies” — the sole reason offered for Riddle’s termination in September. DynCorp’s Dallas attorney also filed at week’s end a motion to dismiss. Reason: He waited too long to file his whistleblower suit — which, says here, “is one of the favorite defenses in whistleblower cases.” All the relevant courthouse docs follow.