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Dina Rasor – (Truthout | Solutions) – January 12, 2012 – Several years ago, I pushed for a revival of the old “Truman Committee” in the US Congress to look at war fraud and profiteering in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. I had just written a book about the fraud and waste by contingency contractors in the Iraq war and was shocked, even after 30 years of investigating the Pentagon, at how much the government was being cheated, especially at the expense of our troops.
Sens. Claire McCaskill and Jim Webb pushed for a revival of a Truman Committee-style look at our wartime contracting because they, too, were shocked at what they were seeing in these current wars’ private contracting. The original Truman Committee exposed and corrected major fraud in World War II while the war was still going on. Truman, then a senator from Missouri, was proud that he found fraud and actually sent a general to jail.
The idea for the committee was to have it run and staffed by a group of current members of Congress, but politics intervened and, instead, the Commission on Wartime Contracting (CWC) was staffed and chaired by appointees from each of the political parties. Even though I promoted this commission in my past life as a Huffington Post blogger because of the desperate need for oversight in this area, I knew that it might have turned out like many other commissions on Department of Defense (DoD) spending that I had witnessed over the years. Without having current, working members of Congress with subpoena and other investigative powers, I feared that this commission would not have the clout to really make a difference and change this destructive contracting. I testified in front of this commission and advised them several times, but could see the politics on the part of the appointees.
Ruben Gomez – (Federal News Radio) – January 9, 2012 – Virginia-based Dyncorp International will pay $155,000 to settle a sex-based harassment and retaliation lawsuit, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission said Monday.
The EEOC suit alleged that a male employee harassed James Friso, an aircraft and sheet metal/structural mechanic working in Iraq, because Friso did not meet “the harasser’s gender stereotype for a man,” according to an EEOC statement.
“The harassment included daily derogatory sex-based comments, such as accusations that Friso was gay and engaged in homosexual acts, and descriptions of homosexual acts,” the statement said. “Friso is married, and the co-worker who subjected him to the comments knew that he is married and is not homosexual.”
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal agency has filed a civil lawsuit (pdf) against military contractor DynCorp, alleging that a mechanic in Iraq was subjected to homophobic slurs and a hostile working environment.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria on behalf of DynCorp employee James Friso.
The EEOC alleges Friso endured daily taunts from a co-worker during a four-month stint in Iraq in 2006 and 2007. Friso, who is married and heterosexual, complained to managers but was either ignored or threatened with transfer.
Friso was eventually transferred to a lower paying job in Germany.
The lawsuit seeks damages for Friso and a requirement that DynCorp institute policies to prevent sexual harassment of men.
Falls Church-based DynCorp did not respond to a request for comment. (click HERE for original article)
Here is another article with more information:
Male Employee Subjected to Male Co-worker’s Derogatory Sexual Comments
(FromPress Release) – ALEXANDRIA, VA (HNN) – August 17, 2011 – DynCorp International, LLC, a United States based private military contractor and aircraft maintenance company, violated federal law by subjecting a male employee to a hostile work environment based on his sex, and by transferring him after he complained, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today (pdf).
Brantley Hargrove – (Dallas Observer) – July 25, 2011 – KBR, Inc., the massive and controversial Houston-based wartime contractor that has landed billions in military contracts for erecting base camps and supplying fuel for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will have to convince a federal judge in Dallas that race and religion had nothing to do with the firing of a field buyer stationed in Dubai.
In July 2004 Mohammad Alim, an American citizen born in Bangladesh — and a former AMC Theatres operations manager — began working in Baghdad for KBR, then a subsidiary of construction giant Halliburton, for which he’d worked two years earlier. At KBR he requisitioned heavy equipment and other materials for the war effort then wrapping up its first violent year. In 2005, he requested a transfer to the company’s Dubai office to be nearer to his ailing mother in Bangladesh. Read the remainder of this entry »
Will 2011 be the year that we see the USG grow a set and begin enforcing the laws on errant and corrupt contractors? In the last few months new legislation has been enacted that seems to point in that direction. However, as the loyal readers of Ms Sparky know, new rules generally invoke new methods of cover up by the criminal elements committing these misdeeds and acts of malfeasance. Also, what about the old rules? When is the USG going to enforce them? Has anyone been debarred, sanctioned or otherwise called on the carpet for violating or covering up crimes in the past? I am not talking about the smattering of indictments, convictions and plea deals against individuals that have made headlines. I am talking about the dirty rotten scoundrels laughing all the way to the bank to deposit billions of taxpayer dollars into their corporate coffers! ~Forseti
Defense Authorization Bolsters Foreign Contractor Accountability and Expands FAPIIS
Neil Gordon – POGO – January 14, 2010 – Earlier this week, POGO submitted a public comment about a new Department of Defense interim rule permitting the reduction or denial of award fees if contractors jeopardize the health or safety of government personnel. Since then, POGO became aware of a provision tucked into the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 that could send the rule drafters at the Pentagon back to the drawing board. In addition, it will also provide the public with a new source of contractor accountability data.