Some say they CAUSED it!
And it's a bit late to "TIGHTEN" contract standards.
How about a complete OVERHAUL of "The Corps"?
Better still, abolish the sorry group and give Army contracting
authority for big jobs to the the Office of the SecDef.
"Army Corps of Engineers unit tightens contract standards"
By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 3, 2010; A03
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers unit with major construction projects
in Afghanistan has set new standards for contracts, following a report
from the Defense Department's inspector general saying that more than
$20 million in performance-award fees could not be supported.
The report, made available Friday, says that the Army Corps of
Engineers Middle East District had granted performance awards totaling
approximately $20.6 million for construction tasks in Iraq and
Afghanistan worth $116.4 million. It says the awards were granted
"without sufficient support, justification or assurance that
contractors were paid award fees commensurate with their level of
In one case, the report says, "a single field evaluation report from
an unknown source" was used "to support the award fee determination
In another case, an evaluation board did not explain what a contractor
did to receive a high rating.
In January, the engineers unit was shown a draft copy of the report
and said it had already put a moratorium on the use of award-fee
contracts. In a memorandum attached to the report, the unit
acknowledged the problems.
Joan F. Kibler, spokeswoman for the Army Corps of Engineers Middle
East District, said Friday that the unit now awards fixed-price
contracts, "so award fees do not apply . . . [to] new contract
The change in the contracting standards comes as the Corps is expected
to step up activity in Afghanistan, with about 165 projects costing an
estimated $2.6 billion for fiscal 2010 and 2011, according to Army
Col. Ronald N. Light, commander of the Engineers Gulf Region.
"The current surge in Afghanistan underscores [how] construction
priorities change rapidly in the region, and the market rewards those
firms that are poised to react and adapt to those dynamic priorities,"
Light said in a presentation in February to the Institute for Defense
and Government Advancement's Military Construction Summit in Vienna,
Light said that in the three months ending June 30, the Middle East
District expects to award about 25 projects in Afghanistan, going from
the $1 million to $5 million range to the $25 million to $100 million
Some of those projects will be central to the effort in southern
Afghanistan, where U.S. forces are planning to secure Kandahar.
Light listed three separate $25 million to $100 million projects to be
awarded to upgrade the Kandahar Airfield.
He did all right until Gettysburg.
>"Army Corps of Engineers unit tightens contract standards"
So basically the Bush regime didn't provide oversight of the agencies
that it controlled and relaxed what few regulations and oversight that
existed. Then when the Bush regime's agencies went to subcontract out
work, the Corps didn't bother with oversight either.
Now that adults are back in charge, hopefully there will be some controls
over these crooks.
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