Overseas Civilian Contractors

News and issues relating to Civilian Contractors working Overseas

Contractors’ role grows in drone missions, worrying some in the military

by David S Cloud McClatchy Washington DC  December 29, 2011

 After a U.S. airstrike mistakenly killed at least 15 Afghans in 2010, the Army officer investigating the accident was surprised to discover that an American civilian had played a central role: analyzing video feeds from a Predator drone keeping watch from above.

The contractor had overseen other analysts at Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field in Florida as the drone tracked suspected insurgents near a small unit of U.S. soldiers in rugged hills in central Afghanistan. Based partly on her analysis, an Army captain ordered an airstrike on a convoy that turned out to be carrying innocent men, women and children.

“What company do you work for?” Maj. Gen. Timothy McHale demanded of the contractor after he learned that she was not in the military, according to a transcript obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

“SAIC,” she answered

Her employer, SAIC Inc., is a publicly traded Virginia-based corporation with a multiyear $49 million contract to help the Air Force analyze drone video and other intelligence from Afghanistan.

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December 30, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Large Contracts Awarded past quarter

From GovConExec News  September 6, 2011

The Veterans Affairs Department awarded spots on a $12 billion contract to modernize IT operations to 14 firms, including Booz Allen, CACI, HP and Harris.
DynCorp International, PAE Group, SAIC and Tetra Tech, among others, were added to a five-year, $10 billion IDIQ contract from State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs to provide worldwide civilian police and criminal justice assistance.
The U.S. Army selected Northrop Grumman Technical Services, Inc., L-3 Communication Services, Inc., Mission Essential Personnel, CACI Premier Technology Inc., and DynCorp International and AECOM’s joint venture Global Linguist Solutions to compete for task orders on its $9.7 billion defense language interpretation translation enterprise contract.
The U.S. Army awarded 16 contractors a place on a $997 million contract for force protection measures. Awardees include DRS, ITT, SAIC, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, BAE, Ideal Innovations, among others.

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September 6, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contract Awards, Contracts Awarded, Government Contractor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Government IT contractors downgraded

Forbes  September 1, 2011

NEW YORK — Shares of government information technology contractors feel sharply Thursday after an analyst downgraded the companies’ stocks, citing concerns that spending cuts in Washington could crimp their future revenue potential.

Stifel Nicolaus analyst William Loomis downgraded Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., ICF International ( ICFInews people) Inc. and SAIC Inc. to “Hold” from “Buy.”

All three contractors do a variety of IT jobs for the government. Booze Allen and SAIC, for example, do intelligence work for different defense agencies including cyber security and software development. ICF International does policy assessments and market analysis for the government and private companies.

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September 1, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contingency Contracting, Government Contractor | , , , , | Leave a comment

Dangerously Blurring the Line: How the DoD Allows Contractors to Grade Themselves and Write Their Own Contract Terms

One of the most egregious actions in this report was to allow the contractors to write up the requirements of the follow-on contract and then allow them to bid and win the contract.

by: Dina Rasor, Truthout | Solutions   July 20, 2011

The Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General’s (IG) office recently found that the Marine Corp allowed their contactors for a vital troop protection system to act as government employees, including directing and evaluating government employees’ work, grading their own work and writing up requirements for the follow-on contract. The contractors then bid on those requirements and won multimillion-dollar contracts.

The IG issued a report this month with the mundane title, “Contract Management of Joint Logistics Integrator Services in Support of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles Needs Improvement.” The report points out, in glaring examples, how the Marine Corp allowed two companies to infiltrate and control two very important logistics and maintenance contracts.

The program where this abuse occurred could not be more crucial to the troops. The program does maintenance support and logistics for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles program (MRAP). MRAP is a $17.6 billion program to build or modify military vehicles with a V-shaped hull to prevent or reduce troop injuries and death from IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices). MRAP was a rushed program because it had the potential to save lives and prevent severe injury at a time when IEDs were wreaking havoc on American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

From the report:

On May 2, 2007, the Secretary of Defense designated the MRAP program as the highest priority DoD acquisition program and stated that all options to accelerate the production and fielding of the MRAP capability to the theater should be identified, assessed and applied where feasible. To reduce the burden on units receiving MRAP vehicles, JPO [Joint Program Office] MRAP established a forward presence in Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar and Kuwait. According to the Joint Supportability Plan, the JPO MRAP Forward includes personnel from the JPO, JLI [Joint Logistics Integrator] and MRAP vehicle original equipment manufacturers to form an integrated team to stand-up, coordinate and execute JPO MRAP operations in theater.

The two companies, Jacobs Technology and SAIC (Science Applications International Corp) received contracts worth $193 million and $285 million, respectively, to do this work. SAIC started out as a subcontractor in the Jacobs Technology contract and then won the bid for the follow-on contract. This contract work was provided in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait from 2007 to 2011 and the DoD provided only one government employee overseas to oversee the whole program.

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July 20, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Department of Defense, Government Contractor, Private Military Contractors | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SAIC, Tetra Tech joint venture gets contract

AP at Forbes  June 29, 2011

McLEAN, Va. — Defense contractor SAIC Inc. and Tetra Tech Inc., an engineering and construction consultant for water and energy projects, said Wednesday that their joint venture received a contract to provide civilian police and criminal justice assistance to the U.S. Department of State.

Under the contract, Integrated Justice Systems International LLC will compete for task orders to provide technical assistance, training, logistics and infrastructure services to help the Department of State strengthen criminal justice systems in foreign countries.

The joint venture is one of six teams that can compete for task orders under the contract, the companies said. The multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract could be worth $10 billion, with one base year and four option years, the companies said.

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June 29, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contracts Awarded, Government Contractor, State Department | , , , | Leave a comment

Darrell Issa, Fighting Obama Disclosure Order, Accused Of Doing Donor’s Bidding

The congressman the group highlighted above the others, however, was Issa, who has received $66,950 alone from the scientific, engineering and technology applications company SAIC’s PAC and employees.

Sam Stein at Huffington Post  May 10, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration hasn’t yet tipped its hand as to when, or if, the president will sign an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose campaign contributions made by their directors, officers, affiliates or subsidiaries. But other political forces aren’t waiting for the White House to act.

On Monday, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) sent a letter to the administration threatening to subpoena officials to testify on the matter if they declined to do so voluntarily. Issa’s chief complaint has been that the executive order, which would reportedly apply to donations made by contractors to federal candidates, political party committees and vaguely defined “third-party entities,” unfairly targets private-sector businesses while leaving union groups exempt.

“This isn’t about transparency, it’s about politicizing the procurement process,” Frederick Hill, a spokesman for Issa, emailed the Huffington Post. “The President has proposed a new requirement that is so draconian—while exempting his traditional allies—that it would make Orwell proud. Chairman Issa and the committee’s clear motivation is getting answers to questions the Obama Administration has refused to address.”

Unions, of course, are required to provide various disclosures to the Department of Labor with respect to their political donations. And while public employee unions are obviously dependent on federal funds, they and others do not receive federal contracts.

The White House remains mum on the executive order, with spokesman Jay Carney telling The Huffington Post during Monday’s press briefing that there was no “timetable for action” and that the version reported several weeks ago was just “a draft that we’ve discussed, and drafts tend to change.”

Meantime, good-government groups have jumped in to fill the role of defending the drafted order from Issa’s attacks. On Tuesday, the Public Campaign Action Fund sent letters to a handful of House Committee Chairs alleging that their opposition to the executive order was being done as a gift to big-time donors. The group noted that major federal contractors had contributed large sums of money to several key lawmakers, including Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) — who has received $122,150 from the defense contractor Lockheed Martin during his career — and House Science Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-Texas), who has received $45,531 from the national security contractor Raytheon’s PAC and employees during his time in Congress.

The congressman the group highlighted above the others, however, was Issa, who has received $66,950 alone from the scientific, engineering and technology applications company SAIC’s PAC and employees.

May 10, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Follow the Money, Government Contractor | , , , , | 1 Comment

SAIC subcontracts ammo logistics support to DynCorp

FALLS CHURCH, Va.–(EON: Enhanced Online News)DynCorp International (DI) announced today that it has been selected as a subcontractor by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] to support the 1st Theater Sustainment Command (1st TSC), providing munitions logistics services support for Department of Defense and coalition forces throughout the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility.

The subcontract has a one-year base period of performance and four one-year options. The total contract value is more than $33 million, if all options are exercised. Work will be performed primarily in Kuwait.

Under the subcontract, DynCorp International will help provide labor and other resources necessary for the storage and handling of ammunitionRead the entire press release here

March 17, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contract Awards, Department of Defense, DynCorp, Government Contractor, Kuwait | , , , , , | Leave a comment