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75,403. Even as a Halliburton subsidiary was absorbing harsh criticism of its costs on a 2003 no-bid contract for work in Iraq, the government officials overseeing a second contract wrote that the company was running up exorbitant new expenses on similar work, according to a report issued yesterday by the staff for the Democrats on the House Government Reform Committee.
The report, prepared for a frequent critic of Halliburton, Representative Henry A Waxman of California, was based on previously undisclosed correspondence and performance evaluations from 2004 and 2005.
The documents show that the government's contracting officers became increasingly frustrated as they tried to penetrate what they considered to be inaccurate or misleading progress reports and expense vouchers filed by the subsidiary, Kellogg Brown & Root.
In August 2004, one of the officers wrote to the company that 'you have universally failed to provide adequate cost information as required'.
A few months later, after the company was served with a 'cure notice', in which the government threatened to terminate the contract if performance was not improved, or 'cured', another officer said he was writing 'in sheer frustration with the consistent lack of accurate data'.
Kellogg Brown & Root's second contract, awarded in January 2004 for rebuilding oil infrastructure in southern Iraq, has a maximum value of $1.2 billion. A company spokeswoman, Melissa Norcross, said that the report was ‘as devoid of context as it is new information’ and that many of the issues raised by the contracting officers had been resolved. The New York Times online article 29th March 2006 James Glanz ‘Report Adds to Criticism of Halliburton’s Iraq Role’
75,404. 82 Gallons Liquid Propane Fuel. Kuwait to Baghdad: distance 300 miles. Cost: $3,000. Contractor: $10,000. Halliburton: $27.5 no-bid contract. 9/11 Ripple Effect, producers Lewis & vonKleist
75,405. My name’s Ben Cater and within the first week of being in Iraq I knew that that wasn’t going to be the company I wanted to be with. Halliburton was hired to provide clean, safe, cooking, cleaning, shower water for the military. One of Halliburton’s employees saw something wiggling in the water in his toilet bowl. So I went and tested the water in our water-storage tanks: there was no chlorine in them. None. The water we showered in every single day was extremely contaminated. And when I talk about contaminated water I’m saying malaria, typhus, geardia, crypto-sporidium. The list is really really long. Ben Carter, televised interview
75,406. So when the motor blows what do you do? Buy a new truck and bill the government. ibid.
75,407. Pentagon auditors found that a Halliburton contract to provide food and housing for American troops had a staggering one-point-eight billion dollars in unsupported costs. US News Report
75,408. It was all a scam. Halliburton was charging forty-five dollars for a six-pack can of Pepsi that they give us and the military free in the mess hall ... Halliburton charged the government a hundred dollars for every bag of clothes they washed. Shane Ratliff, KBR Halliburton former truck driver
75,409. One invoice I saw was for about seven thousand dollars for one month for a SUV lease ... that was a three-year contract. Whistleblower male employee, KBR Halliburton former procurement specialist
75,410. Henry Waxman, a Democrat and minority member of the House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform – at his request Congress investigators, the Government Accountability Office (or GAO) investigated several contracts with American firms. Not least Halliburton, whose Head Office is in Houston Texas, George Bush’s old stomping ground ... In the first nine months of the occupation KBR billed for three-million meals that American troops in Iraq never had. The company sent the 101st Airborne Division motor-homes then charged it twice what it would cost to build a new barracks. KBR also handled American military transport: first, it bought fleets of Mercedes Benz trucks costing $85,000 dollars each; then sent them travelling up and down Iraq’s highways accompanied by armed military escorts. If there were no goods to transport, no problem. KBR despatched empty lorries anyway and billed accordingly. Rory Bremner, Between Iraq and a Hard Place
33,034. How did Halliburton win such fat contracts in Mr Bush’s war? As America was counting down to war, a contract worth potentially $7 billion landed on the desk of a top official at the Pentagon ... There was only one company bidding for the contract to rebuild Iraq’s oil industry: Halliburton. (Iraq & Halliburton) ibid.
107,518. Halliburton the biggest recipient of Iraqi funds. (Failure & State & Empire US & Iraq & Halliburton) Noam Chomsky, Failed States audio
107,694. Halliburton is accused of hundreds of millions of dollars in improper charges. Dan Rather, Inside Story, cited Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers, Brave New Films, 2006
110,811. Halliburton Subsidiary Gets Contract to Add Temporary Immigration Detention Centres. (FEMA & Halliburton) The New York times online article Rachel L Swarns 4th February 2006, cited Alex Jones, Police State IV: The Rise of FEMA, 2010