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WASHINGTON – Companies that defrauded the United States and jeopardized American lives received new government work despite rulings designed to stop them from receiving federal contracts, government investigators report.
Payments went to a company whose president tried to sell nuclear bomb parts to North Korea, a company that jeopardized lives on the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy, and a seller of body armor that the Air Force said was defective.
NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- KBR Inc. (KBR) won't be prevented from pursuing new U.S. Defense Department contracts or have existing work suspended over the company's settlement of federal charges involving the bribing of Nigerian officials, the company's chief financial officer said Wednesday.
KBR and former parent Halliburton Co. (HAL) agreed to settlements totaling $ 579 million earlier this month, over bribes paid to Nigerian government officials that helped KBR secure construction work in the country.
Originally posted by BorgHoffen
Because, bribes in Nigeria is like taking a crap.
Its as common as sand.
Everyone bribes everyone in Nigeria.
And they shake people down to.
I don't like Halliburton or KBR but, in this case its just the Nigerians shaking them down for cash.
A Navy contractor was found to be substituting illegal parts on an aircraft carrier in 2006 and was subsequently suspended. Less than a month later, the Navy gave the company three new contracts worth more than $100,000 because the contracting officer failed to check the EPLS database.
A man found guilty of Medicare fraud and banned from receiving contracts in April 2003 later resurfaced when he opened a company in his wife's name. The company received Medicare payments for three years.
In the case of the German company, the Army said in its debarment order that the actions of the company's president presented a “compelling interest to discontinue any business with this morally bankrupt individual.” However, the Army said it was legally obligated to continue the contract with the company. GAO said there were options available to terminate the contract.
Originally posted by doctordoom
reply to post by Merriman Weir
Thanks for your input.
Yes, this is a global corporate takeover.
Originally posted by marg6043
reply to post by doctordoom
My husband was active duty during the Kuwait conflict he spend 8 months oversea mostly in Bahrain doing business in behave of the US government with the Saudis.
Back then all those jobs were the jobs of the military within their jobs description.
Now is three or four contractors doing the jobs that one military soldier could do.
Our local base when my husband was station in it, was mostly military doing the jobs as the war in Iraq started and the military personnel was send oversea the base started to fill out the positions with civilian contractors.
One of the hidden reasons that the government will rather keep our troops oversea rather than bringing them home is because if they bring them home they have to let them go.
As the many military bases no longer can support the troops home and the take over by the military will render hundred of thousand contractors jobless.
But can you imagine how much money the government will save if the military do the job again that they were used to do before the Privatization?.
I have to agree that is nothing but a waste of tax payer when it comes to contractors.