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Fluor Drops Protest of $500 Million KBR Iraq Support Contract

Tony Capaccio – (Bloomberg) – September 30, 2011 – Fluor Corp. (FLR) has dropped a protest filed last month with the Government Accountability Office challenging a $500 million award to KBR Inc. (KBR) for a logistics support contract in Iraq, according to KBR and a government website.

Irving, Texas-based Fluor withdrew its protest Wednesday, according to the GAO’s website and KBR spokeswoman Gabriela Segura in an e-mail. Fluor spokesman Keith Stephens said the company had no comment.

The contract was on hold until the protest was resolved. The hold has been lifted, said Army Sustainment Command spokeswoman Linda Theis.

Houston, Texas-based KBR announced August 2 it will continue for the State Department its previous Iraq role providing base support after U.S. troops are scheduled to withdraw in December.

KBR will support the State Department’s embassy staff, including utilities management, fire fighting, food services, laundry, shuttle bus services, fuel and postal operations.

The one-year contract includes a one-year option.

KBR has not received any similar contracts for Afghanistan. (Click HERE for original article)

Fluor protests $500M BLS award to KBR in Iraq

On August 2 we reported: KBR Awarded $500M Base Life Support (BLS) for State Department in Iraq under LOGCAP IV.

KBR was awarded the task order by the U.S. Army Contracting Command under its current Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) IV contract to execute the LOGCAP IV Post 2011 Base Life Support () requirements for the U.S. Department of State’s mission in Iraq at the U.S. Embassy in the International Zone (Green Zone) in Iraq. The task order is valued at over $500 million with a Period of Performance of one base year plus one option year. This award is KBR’s third task order under the LOGCAP IV contract. Read the remainder of this entry »

KBR Awarded $500M Base Life Support (BLS) for State Department in Iraq under LOGCAP IV (updated)

Updated: Here is the original solicitation on this Task Order. Below is the email from KBR’s LOGCAP Principal Program Manager, John Cusick announcing the award and KBR’s Press Release.

—–Original Message—–
From: William Gahlbeck on behalf of FDXBKBR – LOGCAP III HQ ME
Sent: Tue 8/2/2011 3:39 AM
To: DL_KBR LOGCAP III All Hands ME
Subject: KBR Awarded Task Order to provide support to Department of State under LOGCAP IV

TO: LOGCAP III Middle East Employees

FROM: John J. Cusick, Principal Program Manager, LOGCAP III ME

SUBJECT: KBR Awarded Task Order to provide support to Department of State under LOGCAP IV

DATE: August 2, 2011

Congratulations to the KBR proposal team and LOGCAP IV leadership for winning the Department of State Base Life Support task order award.  This is a huge win for LOGCAP employees and the entire KBR team.

Under the task order, KBR will provide support to the U.S. Embassy staff in Baghdad and services at other diplomatic and training post locations throughout Iraq. The period of performance is one base year plus one option year.  Services will include facilities and utilities management; firefighting; food service; laundry; shuttle bus services; retail fuel; postal service; and airfield operations.

The award is a result of KBR’s performance as a team effort: Task Orders 151 and 159, LOGCAP IV Task Order 002 and the KBR proposal team.

Once again, congratulations to KBR and the LOGCAP IV team.

We Deliver . All the Way,

JOHN J. CUSICK
Principal Program Manager
LOGCAP III Middle East

KBR Awarded Major Task Order Under Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) IV Contract in Iraq

Houston, Texas — August 2, 2011 — KBR (NYSE: KBR) today announced it was awarded a task order by the U.S. Army Contracting Command under its current Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) IV contract to execute the LOGCAP IV Post 2011 Base Life Support (BLS) requirements for the U.S. Department of State’s mission in Iraq. The task order is valued at over $500 million with a Period of Performance of one base year plus one option year. This award is KBR’s third task order under the LOGCAP IV contract.

KBR will provide support to U.S. Embassy staff in Baghdad and services at other diplomatic posts throughout Iraq. Services will include facilities and utilities management, fire fighting, food service, laundry, shuttle bus services, retail fuel, postal service and air field operations.

“This award affirms the U.S. government’s recognition of KBR’s proven capability to deliver projects and services in logistically challenging environments,” said Mark Williams, President, KBR Infrastructure, Government and Power. “KBR is proud to support the U.S. Department of State’s mission as we continue our support of the U.S. Government in Iraq which began in 2003.”

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Anham LLC accused of outrageous overbilling in Iraq (Updated 7/31/2011)

Dubai Firm Overbilled Pentagon $900 for $7 Switch, Bowen Says

By David Lerman and Tony Capaccio – Jul 29, 2011 9:01 PM PT

A U.S. contractor in Iraq overbilled the Pentagon by at least $4.4 million for spare parts and equipment, including $900 for an electronic control switch valued at $7.05, according to a new audit.

Based on the questionable costs identified in a $300 million contract with Dubai-based Anham LLC, the U.S. should review all its contracts with the company in Iraq and Afghanistan, which total about $3.9 billion, said Special Inspector General For Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen.

“The audit found weak oversight in multiple areas that left the government vulnerable to improper overcharges,” Bowen wrote in the forward to his 30th quarterly report, released today. The contract in question was funded with a combination of money earmarked for Iraqi Security Forces and Army operations and maintenance funds.

Among the “egregious examples of overbilling” by Anham were $4,500 for a circuit breaker valued at $183.30, $3,000 for a $94.47 circuit breaker and $80 for a small segment of drain pipe valued at $1.41. Read the remainder of this entry »

We have an acronym for that and other news

Pentagon Issues Bitchy Acronym Memo (PIBAM)
Spencer Ackerman – (Danger Room) – April 15, 2011 – Anyone who has dealt with the military learned early on that our men and women in uniform don’t speak English, they speak Acronym. Full fluency typically corresponds with time spent on a headquarters staff, where the only thing officers like more than acronyms is PowerPoint, and the only thing they like more than PowerPoint is a PowerPoint filled with acronyms.

And if there’s one thing defense bureaucrats like, it’s telling people to RTFM on the correct usage. (You can Google that one if you don’t already know it.)

Apparently, officers briefing Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently deluged the Pentagon chief with an impenetrable and inelegant downpour of acronyms — obviously without consulting our guide to the best of them. Because last fall, his staff instructed practically the entire Defense Department on the right and wrong ways to use acronyms. OMG.  (Click HERE for article)

DOD Launches New Helpline to Support Victims of Sexual Assault
(DoD) – April 15, 2011 – The Department of Defense today launched its newest initiative to support victims of sexual assault. Using DoD Safe Helpline, service members can “click, call or text” for victim support services for themselves or others. The free, anonymous and confidential resource can be accessed worldwide, 24-hours a day, every day, to connect with live sexual assault support professionals.

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