Investigation Into Halliburton Contracts: Government Reform Committee Member Wants Thorough and Proper Probe by Pentagon IG
WASHINGTON, DC - A Member of the House Government Reform Committee wants to ensure a thorough and proper investigation into Army contracts with Halliburton by the Department of Defense Inspector General. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) has sent an official request to Pentagon IG Joseph Schmitz, writing that such a probe is important for the American taxpayer (PDF).
The investigation will come in response to recent allegations by a veteran military procurement official that the Army granted the Halliburton Company large contracts for work in Iraq and the Balkans without following the rules for fair competition and prices.
“American taxpayers have the right to know whether their government is working for them or for Halliburton. They need to know if their money is being dumped into sweetheart contracts. They deserve to know who was involved, what happened, and whether it was unseemly.
“We have been questioning these contracts, many of them no-bid, since they were granted. The Administration denies wrongdoing, but they are contradicted by one of the people in charge of giving out the contracts. Taxpayers need the truth.”
According to news reports, Bunnatine H. Greenhouse, a veteran of military procurement, witnessed at least one case where Army official inappropriately allowed representatives of Halliburton to sit in as they discussed terms of a contract the company was set to receive. After asking repeated questions about the Halliburton contracts, Ms. Greenhouse was excluded from major decisions to award money and her job was threatened. In a letter to the acting Secretary of the Army, Les Brownlee, Greenhouse called for a high-level investigation of threats to the federal contracting program.