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USA: Halliburton‘s Iraq deals contract abuse
Date: 6/28/05 at 12:44PM
Halliburton’s Iraq deals described as contract abuse
Mon Jun 27, 2005
By Sue Pleming
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top U.S. Army procurement official said on Monday [US Vice President Dick Cheney’s] Halliburton‘s deals in Iraq were the worst example of contract abuse she had seen as Pentagon auditors flagged over $1 billion of potential overcharges by the Texas-based firm.
Bunny Greenhouse, the Army Corps of Engineers’ top contracting official-turned whistle-blower, said in testimony at a hearing by Democrats on Capitol Hill that “every aspect” of Halliburton‘s oil contract in Iraq had been under the control of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
“I can unequivocally state that the abuse related to contracts awarded to [Halliburton’s] KBR (Kellogg Brown and Root) represents the most blatant and improper contract abuse I have witnessed during the course of my professional career,” said Greenhouse, a procurement veteran of more than 20 years.
Her blistering criticism came as Democrats released a new report including Pentagon audits that identified more than $1.03 billion in “questioned” costs and $422 million in “unsupported” costs for Halliburton‘s work in Iraq.
See also here.
Ex employees of Halliburton in Iraq: here.
US Big Oil and oil for food in Iraq: here.