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War Effort Rife with Corrupt Subcontractors
WASHINGTON - August 30 - The U.S. military is working with allegedly corrupt subcontractors in Afghanistan and Iraq where bribery and kickbacks are the norm, according to an investigative story and video by the Center for Public Integrity and the Huffington Post Investigative Fund.
everything from providing translators for American soldiers to trucking
supplies into war zones, as well as building military bases and
providing security. But in footing the bill for all this work by a
network of companies, the U.S. government often doesn't know who it is
ultimately paying. And that can lead to fraud, shoddy work, or even
taxpayer funds ending up in the hands of enemy fighters.
A host of investigations underscore the perils in the murky world of subcontracting with foreign firms, and the difficulties in making sure taxpayer dollars are well spent. Among the current and recent probes by the Pentagon, congressional panels, and federal investigators:
- Up to $300 million in subcontracts in Iraq and Kuwait were allegedly tainted by a Saudi-based subcontractor employee's kickback scheme;
- Subcontracted security forces in Afghanistan are suspected of bribing both Taliban and Afghan government officials;
- U.S. money for a trash collection program in Iraq, administered by a bewildering array of subcontractors, has allegedly ended up in the pockets of insurgents; and
- A former contractor employee alleged that Middle Eastern subcontractors, trying to sway the award of more subcontracts, were sneaking prostitutes into Baghdad's Green Zone by abusing their security access cards.
abuses are the difficulties in holding companies accountable. The
Defense Department's management of contractors has been on the
non-partisan Government Accountability Office's "high risk" list since
1992, but the challenges are even greater when foreign companies are
working under a subcontract.
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