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Thomas Manok (photo LinkedIn)

Execute USACE Army Corp of Engineers projects as part of rebuilding Iraq program. Manage public work, military base and Iraqi infrastructure building construction projects. Mentor and train Iraqi Engineers to step up to the Western techniques in financial and financial project schedule management. ~LinkedIn Profile

He apparently also worked for ECC and was the Deputy Program Manager for Stanley Baker Hill (SBH),  in Iraq, prior to landing the USACE gig. I hope the DoD, DoJ and FBI are reviewing his dealings at SBH & ECC too! ~Forseti

Former Army Corps of Engineers Employee Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes from Iraqi Contractors

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – September 19, 2011 – A former employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to receive bribes from Iraqi contractors involved in the U.S.-funded reconstruction efforts, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride for the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Director in Charge James W. McJunkin of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

Thomas Aram Manok, 50, of Chantilly, Va., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga in the Eastern District of Virginia.   Sentencing has been scheduled for Dec. 9, 2011.   Manok faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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Thanks to the “Office Of Inadequate Security” for staying on top of these issues.

A stolen laptop with employee and contractor information belonging to Houston-based engineering and construction firm KBR was reported to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office on January 21.

The date of theft was not mentioned, nor were the total number of individuals who had their names, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security Numbers and Employee ID numbers on the laptop, although the notification indicated that the laptop “may have contained” personal information of “some current and former” employees and contractors.  Why do they write “may have?” Don’t they know what was on their own company laptop?

Ten of those affected were New Hampshire residents.

The notification doesn’t even indicate how or where or when the laptop was stolen, saying only that the company had “recently learned” of the theft and the theft had been reported to law enforcement.

This is why we need a mandatory notification law that includes specific elements, folks.

KBR’s letter to affected employees and contractors does not offer them any free services such as credit monitoring.

According to the company’s profile on its web site, KBR has more than 40,000 employees in 45 countries on five continents. (click HERE for the original post)

Keep in mind, if you’re like me and have moved and/or changed your email address since you worked for KBR, they may not have your current contact information and you may not have been notified. I have to ask, why is personal employee information on a laptop? Why isn’t it secured on a company server?

December 2010 we blogged about a stolen Wackenhut laptop  with personal employee information on it and last year we blogged about SBH’s distribution of 269 employee names and social security numbers.

I have always been a proponent of credit monitoring and taking control of your credit reports. This is why and not knowing which current and former employees and contractors are affected I urge anyone who has worked for KBR in the past to get copies of their three credit reports, correct errors and monitor them closely.

Here’s some great identity theft information HERE.

Ms Sparky

David Isenberg: PMC and Sex Crimes

David IsenbergHuffington Post
Author, Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq (Praeger Security International)
Posted: April 21, 2010 12:07 PM

On April 16 the Department of Defense Inspector General released a report that nobody has been talking about. Allow me to be the first. Perhaps we should subtitle it the crime that dare not speak its name, as it deals with a topic that most private military contractors (PMC) generally don’t talk about publicly.

The title of the report is “Efforts to Prevent Sexual Assault/Harassment Involving DOD Contractors During Contingency Operations.” .

My first thought is how is it that some contractors can’t seem to keep it in their pants? This is an issue that seems to keep happening over the years; from the days when DynCorp contractors were involved in a sex trafficking scandal in Bosnia when employees and supervisors engaged in sex with 12 to 15 year old children, and sold them to each other as slaves to the gang-rape of Jamie Leigh Jones a former KBR employee who claimed that seven KBR employees drugged and gang-raped her on July 28, 2005 at Camp Hope, Baghdad, Iraq.

For those who like to dismiss such things as isolated occurrences just head on over to the “Rape, Hazing, Discrimination & Harassment” section of Ms. Sparky’s blog and you will be promptly disabused of such a notion. Read the remainder of this entry »

Defense contractors must now air dirty deeds in public

Posted January 17, 2010 By Ms Sparky

Defense contractors such as KBR can no longer hide behind the closed doors of secret binding arbitration for serious issues such as discrimination, harassment, rape and assault. No longer with KBR and others be able to violate Title VII Laws and then just sweep them under the rug behind closed doors. Those abusive criminal managers who have been in place for years are finally going to cost them some money and Heather Browne, KBR’s Communications Director is going to be working overtime. Well done, Jamie Leigh Jones and thank you Al Franken for taking these issue seriously. Hopefully this is just the first in a series of laws to protect defense contractor employees.

For those who respond to every dispute or disagreement here on MsSparky.com with “You signed a contract”. You can’t sign away law! Read the remainder of this entry »

Ms Sparky – wrapping up 2009

Posted January 3, 2010 By Ms Sparky

Before I give you all the “Mosts for 2009″ I want to share some 2009 “MsSparky.com” stats with you . I realize these stats would be considered a failure for blogs such as the Huffington Post, but MsSparky.com has come a long way since  I started keeping stats in June 2008 and I am very proud of that. It is “MsSparky.com” readers, commentors and guest writers (THANK YOU Forseti) who have contributed to these stats which ultimately results in getting the word out about KBR and contractor fraud in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait!

My goal for 2010 is to have numbers at least 5 times greater than 2009!

Month/Year Unique Visitors Total # of Visits Total # of Pages Viewed Hits
June 2008 171 520 3,538 7,133
January 2009 4,728 9,155 29,391 144,978
December 2009 23,014 48,392 558,638 1,691,847
Total for 2009 112,963 245,021 1,295,953 4,722,183

Technorati.com is a blog tracking and rating site. I tried to find the official number of blogs they tracked in 2009 and didn’t find it. But in 2008 it was over 113 million just English speaking blogs. I am expecting 2009 to be in the 100′s of millions of English speaking blogs. My Technorati Authority (rating) is 135. That puts MsSparky.com in the top 20,000 blogs that Technorati tracks. Yes….the Huffington Post is #1. Read the remainder of this entry »