Belated Justice: Army Cancels Halliburton Contract
Posted on Jul 13, 2006
We’re a bit late to this story, but we couldn’t let it go un-blogged. So, without further ado:
You know the old saying: You can overbill some of the government agencies all the time, all the government agencies some of the time…but you can’t, apparently, charge $45 for a case of soda and get away with it forever.
The Army will rebid the multibillion-dollar contract under which a Halliburton Co. subsidiary has been providing services to troops around the world after years of complaints over how the deal has worked in Iraq.
Critics of the contract said the move was overdue and that hundreds of millions of dollars had probably been wasted.
Halliburton subsidiary KBR, also known as Kellogg Brown & Root, provides food, water, shelter, laundry service and other logistical support for troops under a 2001 contract that has been extended several times.
Halliburton is a Texas-based oil services conglomerate once led by Vice President Dick Cheney. Bush administration officials have come under fire since the beginning of the war in Iraq for awarding more than $10 billion to the company and its subsidiaries in 2003 and 2004, some of it in no-bid contracts. There have been allegations of fraud, poor work, overpricing and other abuse, which the company has denied.