Your Tax Dollars at Work
Looks like war isn’t hell for everyone, at least not for some employees of KBR, a company that contracts with the U.S. government. KBR, once a Halliburton subsidiary, allegedly put its workers in larger than warranted living spaces and served meals that cost more than necessary under a government contract, The Washington Post reported.
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The report, to be released today by the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, addresses a sliver of a $22.5 billion contract that KBR won to provide services for the U.S. military. The inspector general’s office focused on four services that KBR was paid to provide in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone: supplying gasoline, food services, and housing and various morale and recreation services.
The inspector general faulted the U.S. government for not closely monitoring KBR. As a result, the report said, “KBR’s operations may have resulted in excessive government costs and high risk that government resources could have been used improperly.”
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