Halliburton's "Always Low Prices"

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Halliburton's "Always Low Prices"

From today's Washington Post:
The Army is discontinuing a controversial multibillion-dollar deal with oil services giant Halliburton Co. to provide logistical support to U.S. troops worldwide, a decision that could cut deeply into the firm's dominance of government contracting in Iraq.

... Under the deal, Halliburton had exclusive rights to provide the military with a wide range of work that included keeping soldiers around the world fed, sheltered and in communication with friends and family back home. Government audits turned up more than $1 billion in questionable costs. Whistle-blowers told how the company charged $45 per case of soda, double-billed on meals and allowed troops to bathe in contaminated water.

... Army officials yesterday defended the company's performance but also acknowledged that reliance on a single contractor left the government vulnerable.

The Pentagon's new plan will split the work among three companies, to be chosen this fall, with a fourth firm hired to help monitor the performance of the other three.

Halliburton will be eligible to bid on the work.

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