Is DoD asleep on the job in Kuwait too?
I have been getting regular complaints from Americans working for LOGCAP contractors in Kuwait. The complaints are primarily about DynCorp, but Combat Service Associates are getting their fair share.
Let ‘s start with DynCorp. DynCorp has been sucking up former KBR managers faster than they can be convicted. At this stage of the game I find it interesting that any company would be picking up any manager from a LOGCAP contractor that has so many civil suits, criminal convictions, ongoing criminal investigations, countless DoD investigations and who knows how many Congressional investigations. Who would want to bring that negative management style into their company. Although DynCorp is not new to management issues, at least what I saw and heard about when I was in the Green Zone from 2004-2006. DynCorp had a badging contract I believe for the Department of State (DoS) and one of their badging officers was selling/giving away DoS Badges evidently so people could use the DFAC and pool at the Republican Palace also known at that time as the US Embassy. Hmmm what’s the security issue there?
Here is a comment I received from a concerned DynCorp employee.
I have to tell you I made a big mistake in crossing over with DynCorp. There are several issue we have to deal with on daily basis. One, there are several employees that have not gotten paid for several weeks or months including myself. Dyncorp is a month behind in paying perdiems to employees that have no DFAC or means of getting any food. We all have to use our own money for most of everything even thought it says on the LOA’s that food is covered. Well that is if you do have a LOA.
Did you know that for a week or more there were a lot of employees that put 12hours
on their time sheet and stayed home because there CAT (CAC perhaps) Cards were not active even
thought they are not being scanned in at the ECP’s gate to get in. Just about everyone CAT Card is inactive after June 12 2009 the end of Task Order 147. There are a few that I know of that do not even have a CAT Card at all and is working on
the base and site.
As far the Bus drivers they are TCN’s and they are driving with expired or no Identification at all, some employee are forced to rent there own car’s or pay for taxi to get to and from work. In most cases we are working over time and told that we cannot put this on our time sheet because Dyncorp does not recognize overtime unless approved. Supervisor and Foreman’s are making changes and corrections to employee’s time sheet without there knowledge after they have been signed and turned in.
Some employees are allowed to Hit, Threatened and Disrespect there fellow coworkers and nothing is being done about it. Victimized employees in most cases are too afraid to come forward and when they do they are threaten with termination or they get fired.
In most cases “Looks Like The Same KBR All Over Again”.
Here is a comment I received from a CSA employee.
CSA, Ltd. in Kuwait has nothing on KBR, you have employees that drive company vehicles with no Kuwait Driver’s License, change employee timesheets, and come to work on and go to college online everyday. She stills has a job. Now, CSA needs to be investigated, also.
The camp in question is KNB and the department MWR. The supervisor there goes home sick, but does not put sick leave down. The manager has committed timesheet fraud on various occasions and I have exact dates. they tell you that they need you to work OT, but when timesheet turn in comes around, they cross out the hours and put your initials down, without you knowing abut it until pay day comes around. U cant go to ER because the ER person is friends with the manager and supervisor.
What is going on with this changing of time sheets after that have been signed and submitted? What in the hell is this signing someone else’s initials? That timesheet is a legal document. Any lawyers in the house?
Here are my “recommendations”:
1. Use the reporting system in place even if it doesn’t work. Such as local Human/Employee Relations departments. Document…Document….Document. Use email only. This way if it ever goes to court, and it sounds like it will, you have a record. If someone responds to your email with a phone call or a face-to-face conversation, summarize the conversation in an email and send it to that person. I’d stat it something like this: “To follow-up with out recent (type of) conversation on (date) at (time) I just want to make sure I understand you correctly.” And then summarize the conversation. Ask them to resspond to the email if there are any corrections to your summary.
2. Contact the Ethic Hotline via email. Document…Document….Document.
DynCorp Ethics Hotline is: firstname.lastname@example.org
CSA Ethics Hotline is not listed on their website. If you have that information send it to me so I can update.
3. Contact the DoD Inspector General. Even if it doesn’t get investigated immediately, the call gets logged. Maybe your call combined with other peoples calls paints a bigger picture for the DoD. I recently did a post on how to contact the DoD IG click HERE for that.
If my readers will send me Ethics Hotline information for their LOGCAP companies I will do a post of just that contact information.
If I were a betting person…..I would guess that CSA and DynCorp are knee deep in former KBR managers. This just sounds like same shit different company. And the DoD is letting it happen. And to top it all off those brilliant Generals that lead the DoD (and the LOGCAP contractors) are actually expecting a different result.
I guess I’m never going to run out of things to blog about.