If only there were competent government personnel looking after us contractors...It would be interesting to see what their role would be....regardless, it will be a criminal investigation nightmare. It wasn't until 2008 that contractors came under DOD jurisdiction, in the form of Army CID (both A-stan and Iraq), in 2007 there was a ton of issues with civilian contractors...and I'm not just talking about the armed personal protection teams out there, the contracting offices had people making millions of dollars in fraud....when a lot was discovered in 2007, it turned out no one had jurisdiction on them and a lot walked out of Iraq with lots of money.
Not really a loophole. Contingency funding was probably used to pay for those contracts. Congress sets aside x number of dollars per year in Contingency funding. I would be curious to see the contract folder though to see all the pre and post award documentation.Heh, you know what I mean....there was a loophole that was exploited in all the money dumped into the OCONUS contracts.
I would venture to say that 99% of security contracts are DoS contracts, even though they support the DoD.I used to work for one of Blackwaters's competitors, had a couple of short-duration contracts and I did some teaching. That whole industry, oh my goodness....
One of my best friends has had multiple contracts with a couple of organizations, most of which was as a flight medic in Iraq, a DoS contract. The waste and lack of oversight, and free rein contractors get is incredible.
I agree, I would say 9:10 of ours supported other agencies (not just DoS), but 1:10 were DoD contracts. But regardless of who they were for, the cowboy mentality reigned supreme.I would venture to say that 99% of security contracts are DoS contracts, even though they support the DoD.
Well, not exactly. There were several contracting offices in Iraq that would work with the local business men to bid contracts, manufacturing T-Walls, crane companies...etc, well....one enterprising person was a European and was hired to do contracts and could also speak Arabic, so he would spearpoint the bids for the contract office. Over three years he took bribes totaling 3+ million dollars....a few Hilux Toyotas. His theft was discovered, but he couldn't be prosecuted due to the craziness, Army CID didn't have jurisdiction, DCIS tried but couldn't bring charges....he was fired and left the middle east flying back to Europe to his millions.Not really a loophole. Contingency funding was probably used to pay for those contracts. Congress sets aside x number of dollars per year in Contingency funding. I would be curious to see the contract folder though to see all the pre and post award documentation.