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Agility files breach of contract suit against DLA Troop Support

The claim, which was filed at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in Virginia, alleges that U.S. government officials employed by DLA and the Department of Justice conspired to intentionally deprive Agility of performance-based fee that it was entitled to under the Second Prime Vendor Contract.  Agility said under the contract it was entitled to distribution fees based on superior performance if it passed an objective evaluation by the Defense Supply Centre Philadelphia (DSCP) and was found to have met the listed requirements of achieving its targets for percentage of orders filled successfully. ~Asian Legal Business 

Agility files $225 mln suit against U.S. agency

(Reuters) – April 24, 2012 –  Kuwaiti logistics company Agility said on Tuesday it had filed for $225 million in claims against the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), saying the agency had breached the terms of a contract.

Agility said in a statement U.S. government officials employed by the DLA and Department of Justice “conspired and acted in concert to intentionally deprive Agility of its rights under the Second Prime Vendor Contract.”

It said this was “breaching the contract’s express and implied terms and violating regulatory duties.”

The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait was not immediately available for comment.

The $225 million comprises the amount owed in performance-based distribution fees plus interest, Agility said. The contract entailed distributing food products to combat units.

Agility, the largest Gulf Arab logistics company, said it had filed the claims at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in Virginia. (Click HERE for original article)

How does your garden grow and other news

The Department of Defense plans to exempt records of internal law enforcement investigations from Privacy Act disclosure requirements.

The act, which governs record systems maintained by federal agencies, normally requires that individuals be allowed to view records that pertain to them unless the records were gathered for law enforcement purposes, congressional investigations or administrative purposes where the identity of the individual is not disclosed such as census records.

The exemption would allow the DoD to neither confirm nor deny the existence of such records to individuals and government agencies, when disclosure could reveal the existence of an ongoing investigation.

The public may comment on the DoD proposal until May 15. ~Travis Sanford, Courthouse News

Guard Officer Recalls Night Of Alleged Rape
Says current commander got out of car with woman near beach, returned alone
Sean P Murphy and Andrea Estes – (Boston Globe) – March 31, 2012 – A National Guard officer said he remembers the night in 1984 when a woman says she was raped by the current commander of the Massachusetts National Guard, recalling that Joseph C. Carter got out of the car with the woman near a Florida beach, but returned alone.

Carter, who was placed on administrative leave Thursday by Governor Deval Patrick while the Army investigates the rape allegations, denies the attack and insists he has no recollection of Susan Pelletier, who accused him of raping her and agreed to let her name be used.

But Charles Mouris, who in 1984 was a captain and Carter’s superior in a military police unit, clearly remembered Pelletier becoming nauseated as the trio rode together in a car after an evening of socializing at a Florida restaurant. Mouris said Carter escorted a wobbly Pelletier from the car and returned alone sometime later, saying nothing about Pelletier.

“I said to Carter, `Are we all set?’ and he said, `Yes,’ ” said Mouris in an interview at his home. Mouris said he and Carter drove away, leaving Pelletier – who had been vomiting – behind, though Mouris pointed out that the restaurant where they had been socializing was only about a quarter-mile away.

Mouris said he was never questioned about the evening again until January of this year, when an Army investigator interviewed him about the event for approximately 40 minutes. Mouris declined to say what he told the investigator about the alleged rape, but said he answered all the investigator’s questions completely. (Click HERE for article)

Kuwait’s Agility Q4 net profit rises 114 pct
(Reuters) – March 31, 2012 – Kuwait’s Agility, the logistics firm facing U.S. fraud charges, posted a 114-percent rise in fourth-quarter net profit compared with the same period in 2010, the firm said in a statement on Saturday.

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Red Star’s Bagram contract extended again

Walter Pincus – (Washington Post) – March 20, 2012 – A heavily redacted notice posted recently by the Defense Logistics Agency discloses that for [deleted] millions of dollars, Red Star Enterprises Ltd. will continue for [time period deleted] delivering roughly 10 million gallons of jet fuel a month to Bagram Air Base for aircraft flying missions that support the fighting in Afghanistan. (Click HERE for notice PDF)

Red Star, the Gibraltar-registered firm that is owned by the French wife of an elusive California businessman, Douglas Edelman, who once ran a bar and hamburger shop in Kyrgyzstan, and Erkin Bekbolotov, Edelman’s then-35-year-old Kyrgyz partner, has held the contract for more than seven years.

The firm’s jet fuel contract for Bagram was supposed to expire on Aug. 31, 2011, but it was extended for six months to give U.S. officials time to award the permanent contract put up for bid in November 2010. That approach was modified in February 2012, when the contracting officer extended Red Star an additional two months because “the source selection process was not expected to be completed in enough time to allow a new contractor to begin performance.”

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Charging forward and other news

Michael Riddle once served as a senior employment manager for Dyncorp International, Incorporated (“Dyncorp”). He alleges that Dyncorp contracted to create a database for the United States government, but took no meaningful steps toward fulfilling its obligations. He further alleges that when he protested Dyncorp’s inaction on the database project, he was marginalized at work and eventually terminated, on September 21, 2009.

The judgment of the district court is REVERSED and the case is REMANDED for further proceedings. ~ January 5, 2012 – RIDDLE v. DYNCORP INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED (Case No. 11-10155)

Defense firm cuts 200 jobs locally
Thomas Gnau – (Dayton Daily News) – January 7, 2012 — Computer Sciences Corp. said Friday it will remove more than 200 employees and contractors from their jobs with a government computer modernization project.

Heather Williams, a spokeswoman for Falls Church, Va.-based CSC, said she could not say how many of those people will be reassigned or laid off.

“I think that’s possible for anybody,” Williams said.

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Military sorts through material from Iraq drawdown

Michael O’Connell – (Federal News Radio) – December 27, 2011 – The drawdown from Iraq is in its final stages. We know how the troops are getting home, but how is all the stuff getting back to the U.S?

“At the height of the drawdown, we were estimating that there were probably about 44,000 containers worth of stuff still in country that needed to come out,” said Twila Gonzales, director of disposition services at Defense Logistics Agency. “We’re talking about a wide variety of a lot of things, from nuts and bolts to MRAPs [mine resistant ambush protected armored fighting vehicles].”

Gonzales joined The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris on Friday to discuss DLA’s role in processing the material coming out of Iraq.

“The military services are responsible for determining how they’re going to get the stuff out of country,” Gonzales said. “The things that they feel that need to come out, the things that were going to be shifted over to the Iraqis and then those things that weren’t worth bringing out and would be taken care of in country.”

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