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CWC holds hearing on DoD’s (lack of) oversight of wartime contracts

Pentagon planning more oversight of war-zone contractors
By Dana Hedgpeth – Washington Post Staff Writer – Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Defense Department said Monday that it plans to improve oversight of contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq by hiring more contracting specialists and providing additional training to government employees who supervise work performed by outside firms.

Pentagon officials told a congressionally appointed panel monitoring federal spending on contracts in the two war zones that years of attrition in the department’s acquisition workforce have hampered oversight, particularly as defense budgets have skyrocketed. The Army’s contracting workforce, for example, is only 55 percent of what it was in the mid-1990s, while the dollar value of contracts overseen has jumped from $11 billion to $165 billion, officials said. Read the remainder of this entry »

David Isenberg: DynCorp Begs to Differ

David IsenbergHuffington Post
Author, Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq (Praeger Security International)
Posted: April 20, 2010 09:57 AM

In regard to my April 16 2010 post “The Contractors that Couldn’t Shoot Straight?” I received the below email yesterday.

Dear David,
At DynCorp International, we appreciate your ongoing coverage of, and interest in, contractor issues and Afghan National Police training. However, many points in the article you posted today, “The Contractors That Couldn’t Shoot Straight”, are factually incorrect:

1. The issue of faulty marksmanship training has unfortunately been perpetuated after it appeared in a Newsweek story. It is just plain wrong, and I have attached for your information a brief discussion of the facts of this issue. Read the remainder of this entry »