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Government Fraud/Military Contracts

Rexedgar

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I remember being very young when I first read about sutlers selling spoiled meat to Union troops during the Civil War. I thought then that it was just wrong.....now it’s wrong, but on a grander scale.....

First company is headquartered in Dubai and the prior company was headquartered in Switzerland. The Swiss company was fined $ 288+ Billion. No US companies have the capacity to fill this contract?

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Before Anham took over that work, a privately held Swiss company called Supreme Foodservice Gmbh, pleaded guilty to similar charges in 2014 and paid $288.36 million in criminal fines following a congressional inquiry.
Scott Amey, general counsel with the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, described the Pentagon’s oversight of the food and water supply contract as a game of “catch me if you can,” in which the government is losing.”





http://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...-called-into-question-after-fraud-indictment/
 

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Government is so efficient and competent. :) We should put them in charge of healthcare.
 

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Government is so efficient and competent. :) We should put them in charge of healthcare.
It’s not as if this reflects well on private industry either. We wouldn’t need stronger government oversight if the companies weren’t willing to do anything they can get away with for profit.
 

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Wait.


Are you telling me private industry sometimes defraud and price gouges government buyers? With things like 20 dollars per nail, 600 dollar toilette seats, and 200 dollar hammers?


In other news....water.....is wet.
 

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It’s not as if this reflects well on private industry either. We wouldn’t need stronger government oversight if the companies weren’t willing to do anything they can get away with for profit.

I didn't see anything about those in government being fired or fined for their lack of oversight - did you? It would appear that after a series of failures that (these same inept?) folks are going to try to get it right next time.

Scott Amey, general counsel with the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, described the Pentagon’s oversight of the food and water supply contract as a game of “catch me if you can,” in which the government is losing.

“Uncle Sam spends over $500 billion annually on contracts, so contractor responsibility and oversight of contracts are essential to prevent waste, fraud, abuse and corruption. Unfortunately, oversight often takes a back seat,” Amey said of the indictment. “The allegations of fraud against Anham are even more disturbing because other food service contractors in Afghanistan have pleaded guilty to similar charges in the past.”

Patrick Mackin, Defense Logistics Agency’s deputy director of public affairs, declined to comment on the allegations against Anham, but said the agency “employs a team of experienced acquisition specialists that have consistently administered this contract.” He described a detailed process through which the Defense Logistics Agency evaluates vendors in cooperation with other Defense Department Agencies. The agency is in the process of re-competing the contract, he said.
 
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