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Tom’s all for relief, but here’s the story of how I got relieved unfairly in Iraq

Originally posted by Thomas E. Ricks – (Foreign Policy) July 25, 2012

By Col. Larry Wexler (U.S. Army, ret.)

Best Defense department of first person experience

I served i n Iraq from 2008-2009 and served as the deputy program director for LOGCAP Iraq. I was relieved of my duties in March 2009 after having apparently performed them just fine from October 2008 to March 2009. In January my supervisor recommended me for a Bronze Star for the work I was doing. He was stationed at Rock Island and came for a theater visit in February 2009. At no time did he mention any performance issues or his intentions to relieve me of my duties. What had transpired up to that time was I reported fraud, waste, and abuse on the part of the SERCO Management Contract and certain of the contractors and a failure to perform on the part of KBR on their contract. Prior to all this I had served 30 years in the Army in both active and reserve and extended my retirement a year to serve on the LOGCAP contract, had been promoted to Colonel, had command assignments up to 06 level and had attended the U.S. Army War College. I was also mobilized for two years on a joint assignment as the chief of staff of a deployable joint task force headquarters core element. In my civilian career I served as a vice president of corporate infrastructure — essentially purchasing and contracting.

Army’s LOGCAP contract is epic failure

We’ve been screaming mismanagement for years now. Hopefully the IG will investigate Fluor, Dyncorp and KBR’s LOGCAP contracts. The Army appears to just do what they want. I believe they maintain the position “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission!” I compare the LOGCAP III and IV contracts to the Wall Street Bailout! What a SCAM! ~ Ms Sparky

IG finds Army mismanaged contingency operations support contract

Robert Brodsky – January 7, 2011 – Army procurement officials failed to properly manage a key support contract for contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, awarding millions of dollars of work without competition and disclosing bidders’ proprietary information without their knowledge or consent, according to a watchdog’s new report.

The report by the Defense Department inspector general found scores of internal control weaknesses associated with the Army Sustainment Command’s management of a support contract for the massive Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, which provides a host of services and in-theatre assistance to soldiers. Three firms — DynCorp International, Fluor Corp. and KBR — compete for task orders on the LOGCAP IV contract.

Serco Inc. of Vienna, Va., in February 2007 won a $117 million support contract to help the Army plan and estimate costs of task orders on the LOGCAP IV contract. But, according to auditors, Army officials allowed the scope of Serco’s contract to expand to non-LOGCAP requirements without taking the proper steps to ensure competition and prevent conflicts of interest. Read the remainder of this entry »

David Isenberg – KBR: Failing Upwards

David IsenbergHuffington Post
Author, Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq (Praeger Security International)
Posted: March 5, 2010

I wonder who comes up with this KBR stuff?

Up is down, night is day, and now, in the best tradition of George Orwell’s 1984 newspeak KBR — the company that was the subject of a recent Department of Defense Inspect General report that found that the Army broke federal procurement rules in 2004, when two commanding generals improperly directed a contracting officer to pay millions of dollars in fees to KBR Inc., when funds should have been withheld, per the language in the contract with KBR – has been awarded its first task order under the newest version of LOGCAP.

For those who don’t know, LOGCAP is the mother of all logistics support contracts. Without it the U.S. Army simply can’t function.

The award also comes just a week after the Army announced that KBR would not be awarded $25 million in bonuses under the LOGCAP III Iraq support contract because KBR “failed to meet a level deserving of an award fee payment for work it did during the first four months of 2008.” Although the Army did not specifically cite it when announcing the withholding of the payment KBR’s “failed” work occurred during the time a Green Beret was electrocuted in a barracks shower in Iraq KBR was responsible for maintaining. Read the remainder of this entry »

LOGCAP IV for Dummies (Updated 05-27-2010)

LOGCAP IV for dummies(Last updated Feb 27, 2010) By now everyone  knows the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program IV (LOGCAP IV) has been split up and three primary contractors have been approved to submit bid proposals for the individual task orders.  The three companies are Fluor, Dyncorp and KBR. I know…old news. But I keep getting asked who has been awarded which task orders. Especially the task orders Dyncorp has been awarded, after the PWC/Agility FUBAR came to light. I figured I could just “google it” get an easy answer and that would be it. Boy was I wrong. The more I read the more confused I got.

I decided to share what I’ve learned. (If you are a LOGCAP contract expert and find I’m in error, please contact me so I can correct it.) Not only are there three companies who have been approved to submit proposals, each company has their own LOGCAP IV contract number. Evidently task order numbers are assigned the next consecutive number under the winning companies contract after they have been awarded. That’s where I got confused, duplicate task order numbers and multiple contract numbers. Unlike LOGCAP III, one company, one contract number. There is also a fourth LOGCAP contractor, SERCO who has been awarded a LOGCAP IV contract for analysis, planning and logistics support.  From what I’m told this is primarily administrative.

Dyncorp – Contract # W52P1J-07-D-0007 Dyncorp International is teamed with CH2M Hill for LOGCAP IV. Agility Defense and Government Services (formerly PWC Logistics) was initially a part of this team but was indicted on fraud charges and suspended from Government contracting pending investigations.  (click HERE for more info)

  • Task Order 1 – Program Management Office Staffing – $1.7M
  • Task Order 2 – Services in support of Kuwait Area of Operations – $77M for a transition period and one year at full performance. Up to four option years may also be awarded at the discretion of the government.
  • Task Order 3 – Support of Udairi Airfield Kuwait – $20.8M for a transition period and one year at full performance. Up to four option years may also be awarded at the discretion of the government.
  • Task Order 4 – Logistics support for the Afghanistan-South Area of Responsibility – $643.5M for the one-year base plus four one year options with a total evaluated value of $5.874 billion.

Fluor – Contract # W52P1J-07-D-0008 Fluor is teamed with ITT for LOGCAP IV.

  • Task Order 1 – Program Management Office Staffing – $331K
  • Task Order 2 – Services in support for Afghanistan Area of Operations (AOR) Expansion – $68.9M for the period of performance one-year with four unpriced option years.
  • Task Order 3 – Services in support of Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Kuwait- $4.5M for a transition period and one full year at at full performance. Up to four option years may also be awarded at the discretion of the government.
  • Task Order 4 – Services in support of the Afghanistan South Expansion – $247M for the period of performance one-year with four unpriced option years.
  • Task Order 5 – Logistics support for the Afghanistan North Area of Responsibility (AOR) – $634.2M for the one-year base plus four one year options with a total evaluated value of $7 billion.
  • Task Order 6 – Logistics support of the U.S. military’s humanitarian relief operations in Haiti.  The initial value of the task order is $50,000, with a performance period of 30 days. However, both the value and the performance period of the task order can be expanded as the need for services provided under LOGCAP expands.

KBR – Contract # W52P1J-07-D-0009

  • Task Order 1 – Program Management Office Staffing – $852K
  • Task Order 2 – CTP – Corps Logistics Support Services (CLSS), Theater Transportation Mission (TTM), Postal Services, Ice Plant Operations, and some Air Terminal Operations to support the U.S. armed forces throughout Iraq – $2.345B.
  • Task Order 3 – Support U.S. Army and Navy missions at five sites in Bahrain. The Period of Performance is one base year plus one option year and is valued at approximately $28M.

SERCO – Contract # W52P1J07D0010 – Services in support of analysis, planning support and logistics – $45 M for the one base year with four option years with a total evaluated value of $225M.

Forseti recently published a post about KBR and LOGCAP IV task orders HERE. According to internet sources yet to be confirmed, there are a total of 11 task orders for LOGCAP IV. Seven of which have been awarded so far, not to include Task Order 1 for each contract, that’s administrative. That means there are still four task orders to be awarded, most likely for Iraq.

I believe there is only one LOGCAP IV task order up for grabs right now and that’s the Corp Logistics Support, Transportation and Postal(CTP) task order in Iraq. It’s similar to the current Theater Transportation Mission (TTM) task order currently in place. With Dyncorp teamed with Agility and with Agility currently suspended from any future contracts, I’d say Dyncorp is out. KBR could get it, but but I doubt it. I think the DoD wants to shy away from anymore bad KBR press. I think Fluor will get it, call it woman’s intuition.

Keep in mind KBR is still deeply entrenched in Afghanistan working under LOGCAP III. As Fluor and Dyncorp transition the camps and Forward Operating Bases KBR should be phased out. I don’t know if they will ever be completely out of Afghanistan. They aren’t going to go willingly.

Ms Sparky