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Fluor found negligent; $18.78M awarded to victim burned by hot water in Iraq

July 11, 2012, 5:30 p.m. EDT

Klein Frank, P.C. Announces $18.78 Million Awarded to Burn Victim of Contractor’s Negligence In Baghdad, Iraq

DENVER, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Klein Frank, P.C. of Boulder, Colorado and the Law Firm of Ted B. Lyon in Dallas, Texas announce that a jury has rendered a verdict in the amount of $18.78 Million in the case of Dawson v. Fluor Intercontinental, Inc.

Plaintiff David Dawson was a civilian contractor working on the reconstruction of Iraq. Defendant Fluor Intercontinental, Inc. entered into a $59 Million a year costs plus contract with the Army Corps of Engineers to provide O&M and Life Support services in multiple compounds in Iraq. This contract specifically required Fluor to provide safe water to individuals living in these compounds. Fluor Intercontinental, Inc was paid $10 Million per year plus costs to maintain Freedom Compound, a 600 bed facility in Baghdad. Dawson was burned by excessively hot water at Freedom Compound on November 16, 2007. Read the remainder of this entry »

Eyak employee’s misdeeds shine a spotlight on DHS contracting, what about LOGCAP et al.?

Is $20 million a lot of money and should it be investigated, prosecuted and the guilty parties imprisoned?  YES!  What about the billions of dollars unaccounted for and misappropriated in other USG contracts such as LOGCAP?  Where are the investigations and the outrage over those brazen corruption schemes?  Is this congressional outcry just a diversion tactic to make the taxpayer think Congress and the DoJ are actually prosecuting criminals? In the meantime, the real culprits are laughing all the way to the bank, while lining the pockets of elected officials with their ill gotten gains via lobbyists and campaign contributions!
~ Forseti

Homeland Security contracts under fire

Robert O’Harrow Jr. – (Washington Post) – October 13, 2011 – A senior lawmaker has asked the Department of Homeland Security to hand over e-mails, contracting records and other documents as part of an expansive congressional probe of an alleged $20 million kickback scheme at the Army Corps of Engineers.

Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) is seeking information about Eyak Technology, known as EyakTek, an Alaska-native corporation that has received more than $1 billion worth of set-aside contracts from DHS and the Army.

Markey is the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over the native corporations, which can receive set-aside contracts of any size without competition.

In an Oct. 12 letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Markey said he is focusing on EyakTek’s director of contracts, Harold Babb, who was arrested last week in what federal prosecutors said was “one of the most brazen corruption schemes in the history of federal contracting.”

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Eyak & Army Corps of Engineers employees arrested for bribery, contracting scam (Updated)

  • Click HERE to read the indictment (PDF)
  • Eyak was awarded new DoD contracts on September 14 and October 3, 2011:
    United States DoD contracts for September 14, 2011
    Eyak Technology, L.L.C., Dulles, Va., is being awarded an $8,903,000 firm-fixed-priced delivery order MU65 against an existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Technology for infrastructure, geospatial, and environmental requirements indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (W912HZ-09-D-0003) for the procurement, kitting, marking, and integration of different varieties of kits for the Marine Air Ground Taskforce (MAGTF) Secondary Imagery Dissemination System (MSIDS). MSIDS provides the only self-contained, hand-held, ground-prospective imagery capability for MAGTF reconnaissance units. Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colo., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 13, 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $33,372 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The delivery order was not competed. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

    United States DoD contracts for October 3, 2011
    Eyak Services, LLC, Falls Church, Va., was awarded a $9,099,274 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the support services for Field Force Engineering Command Control System Readiness Operations. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C.; Seoul, Korea; and Winchester, Va.; with an estimated completion date of Sept. 27, 2012. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, Miss., is the contracting activity (W912HZ-11-C-0069).

    Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Employees and Two Others Indicted in $20 Million Bribery and Kickback Scheme Involving Government Contracts – Defendants Arrested Today as Authorities Seize Millions in Assets

    (DoJ) WASHINGTON – October 4, 2011 – Four Virginia men, including two longtime employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, were arrested today on charges stemming from an indictment that accuses them of taking part in a conspiracy involving more than $20 million in bribes and kickback payments and the planned steering of a $780 million government contract to a favored contractor.

    The arrests were announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.; James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; Peggy E. Gustafson, Inspector General for the Small Business Administration (SBA); Robert E. Craig, Special Agent in Charge of the Mid-Atlantic Field Office of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS); Jeannine A. Hammett, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and James K. Podolak, Director of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s (CID) Major Procurement Fraud Unit.

    The defendants include Kerry F. Khan, 53, of Alexandria, Va.; his son, Lee A. Khan, 30, of Fairfax, Va.; Michael A. Alexander, 55, of Woodbridge, Va., and Harold F. Babb, 60, of Sterling, Va. Kerry Khan and Alexander are employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Babb is director of contracts for a company that did business with the government.

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    American James “Will” Coker found beheaded in Afghanistan (Updated 9/7/2011)

    photoCBS News September 6, 2011

    An Afghan military official tells CBS News that the body of a U.S. national was found beheaded on Monday in eastern Kabul, days after a civilian engineer went missing in the capital city.

    Intelligence sources in Afghanistan told the Reuters news agency the body was that of the missing American civilian, and the international military coalition confirmed that a U.S. engineer had been killed.

    Special section: Afghanistan

    The slain engineer was identified as James W. “Will” Coker by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for which he worked in Kabul as a construction contractor.

    Kidnappings and targeted killings of foreigners are common in Afghanistan, but less so in the sprawling capital city, which has seen less impact from the Taliban- and al Qaeda-led insurgency plaguing many parts of the nation.

    Coker was reported missing on Monday, but sources tell CBS News he actually disappeared on Sept. 2

    Mount Pleasant man slain in war zone

    59-year-old is third Pentagon civilian killed in 10 years of war in Afghanistan

    Schuyler Kropf – (Post and Courier) – Mount Pleasant SC – September 7, 2011 – A Mount Pleasant man working as a civilian in Afghanistan was killed in a violent death over the weekend, and his daughter said she’s lost her best friend.

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    Windfalls of war: KBR, the government’s concierge

    KBR’s umbrella contract to provide everything from showers to rebuilding airfields tops $37 billion. “It’s like a gigantic monopoly,” says one critic.

    Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld talks with troops in Iraq. KBR has been paid $37 billion to build infrastructure like this dining hall. Jim Watson/AP

    After a decade of war, KBR’s umbrella contract tops $37 billion

    Sharon Weinberger – (The Center for Public Integrity – iWatch News) – August 30, 2011 – The rush to war in the months following the terrorist attacks of 9/11 created an urgency in the Pentagon, not just for military operations but also for contracting.

    When U.S. forces moved into Afghanistan in 2001, there was little, if any, infrastructure to support and house U.S. troops. The military needed someone to do everything from housing troops to rebuilding airfields. The solution was a contract called the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, or LOGCAP, a type of umbrella contract the Army had been using to support is military bases overseas. In late 2001, the Army, after a competition, awarded LOGCAP III to KBR. The Houston-based firm [3], once a subsidiary of Halliburton, began providing everything from showers to dining halls.

    Even beyond single-source contracts, the Pentagon has other types of contracts it can use to quickly award work without having to compete specific jobs. They include umbrella-type contracts, like LOGCAP, that allow the government to buy unspecified goods and services over long periods of time. “It’s the government’s way of saying ‘We don’t know what we want, and we don’t know how much it costs,’” said Laura Peterson, a senior policy analyst with Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group. “Instead they say, ‘we’ll put you on retainer and tell you later what we want and when we want it, and you just bill us.’ You become the government’s concierge, and it’s like a gigantic monopoly.”

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