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Did Ex-State Dept. IG Protect ArmorGroup?

By Ed O'Keefe


Allegations of misbehavior and potential security risks at the U.S. embassy in Kabul first surfaced publicly in June, with more damning allegations revealed last month.

The reports raised concerns about weapons shortages, poor training, lewd behavior and hazing incidents committed by private security guards working for ArmorGroup North America.

The State Department was first warned of the allegations two years ago, but nothing was done, according to a CBS News investigation reported Tuesday night. Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson report revealed that former CIA executive director Buzzy Krongard, the brother of former State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard, was on ArmorGroup's board of directors.

"There's no way to know what would have happened without the possible conflict of interest, but watchdogs say had the ArmorGroup allegations been aggressively investigated then, it might have prevented two years worth of fraud, waste and security risks being alleged today," Attkisson concludes.

Watch Attkisson's report above and leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 30, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Contracting, Oversight  
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It would be interesting to know whether USDOS IG Howard Krongard familiarized himself with Part 2635 - STANDARDS OF ETHICAL CONDUCT which includes the following aspirational obligations of public service:

(8) Employees shall act impartially and not give preferential treatment to any private organization or individual.

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(14) Employees shall endeavor to avoid any actions creating the appearance that they are violating the law or the ethical standards set forth in this part. Whether particular circumstances create an appearance that the law or these standards have been violated shall be determined from the perspective of a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts.

Section 2635.101, Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Posted by: dowert1 | September 30, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

The establishment of Offices of Inspectors General was a noble concept, however during the Cheney administration (lets be honest), the caliber of men and women nominated and confirmed to promote economy, effectiveness and efficiency in federal agencies was highly dubious at best. Often these nominees were nothing more than political hacks –like any other presidential appointee who believed they were above the law. As is often the case, Congress should be blamed for not only confirming these questionable characters but more importantly for failing to conduct timely, meaningful and thorough oversight once these characters are in office.

Read about the mess at the DHS OIG at www.blogbud.com/ptaylorntitle7

Posted by: PTaylor8336 | September 30, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

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