Wartime Contracting Report: We Have Big, Costly Problems

As promised, here's the new report by the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the organization formed by Congress to examine where all the money went.

It's a sad reminder about just how bad the contracting system has been in recent years, and all the billions that have been wasted because of poor oversight, poor planning and plain old corruption.

"The environment in Iraq and Afghanistan has been and continues to be susceptible to waste, fraud, and abuse," the report said.

The report, called "At What Cost? Contingency Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan," contains the interim findings of the commission, which will issue a final report next year. It underscores the gloomy finding about the troubled federal procurement system from a host of other analysis in recent years.

It'll be the subject of a hearing today by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's national security and foreign affairs subcommittee.

Said subcommittee Chairman John F. Tierney:

"A broken contracting system amounts to a broken contract with the American people. The whole point of establishing the Commission on Wartime Contracting was to approach waste, fraud, and abuse from an independent perspective that transcends politics. Our Subcommittee hearing is designed to assess the Commission's progress to date, identify any unwarranted obstacles to its progress, and ensure that they are on the case."

By Robert O'Harrow |  June 9, 2009; 6:31 PM ET iraq
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Posted by: lorifromclg | June 9, 2009 9:42 PM

How much Proof do the American People need to see what Bush and Cheney did in starting the War upon the Iraqi People was only for Money. To sqeeze money by the Billions over 7 Years, adding up to over a Trillion. They knew exactly what They were doing. Cheney, Halliburton CEO ?
Halliburton NO-BID CONTRACTS in the Hundreds of Billions and mostly unaccounted for. And These Two will never go before a Jury; I don't know what the bigger crime is Here.

Posted by: mcfarlan_k | June 10, 2009 2:02 PM

The US has had a long history of this type of inappropriate activity and it continues. You know toliet seats for $200. Does it really make since to continue projects, under or to start a contract, knowing it will not be use by US Forces? I will bet that if you conducted some analysis, you would see certain contractors benefiting from these so-called mistakes. (I think we all know the main contractor.) Another angle to this issue are those that have an interest in the biggest contracts that are awarded. You might find that the interest trail runs back to D.C. President Obama has a big mess to clean up courtesy of the Bush-Cheney Administration.


Posted by: rogerskjames | June 10, 2009 5:07 PM

It is a sad commentary that we cannot put this to bed. Many of these companies have received no/bid contracts. Let's go, Obama, get them some change, and let's remember the team that got us in this mess- Bush/Cheney. Hey,maybe we should like Ike.

Posted by: BillW4 | June 11, 2009 11:30 AM

What more can I add. mcfarlan_k has said t all. Cheney, the career opportunist honed his skills in his years with the government and planned much of the contractual loop holes for Halliburton and his cronies. I consider him the worlds number one war profiteer. I wonder if he has a safe harbor home in Dubai to join up with the new Hlliburton home office relocation in Dubai ? I wonder if Bernie
Madoff followed the Cheney success plan.

Posted by: lengyson1 | June 12, 2009 9:27 AM

An additional twist in all this contracting scandal was released today by Sen. Webb. He has been questioning the military policy of letting low level personnel issue "chump change" contracts, less than $250 million, with little oversight. Then fastest growing area of the military procurement budget has been services and most of those contracts fall below the $250M threshold. There is the danger that the military to contractor revolving door is being established lower and lower down the ranks.

Webb also questioned whether the military really need to be outsourcing things like combat and counter terrorism training to private contractors. Companies like Blackwater have been able to use their personal contacts in the military to string together lots of $100 million dollar training contracts of questionable necessity into billion dollar paydays.

Posted by: markswisshelm | June 12, 2009 11:51 AM

Wish someone could talk Prez Obama into pressing charges on those guilty of the war profiteering. We know who did it. I thought that war profiteering was treason. Stealing money that should go to the war effort. Which includes protecting our soldiers. Should they die without that protection should be a treasonable offense!

Posted by: sesit | June 12, 2009 5:32 PM

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Posted by: sanjoseej | June 15, 2009 5:44 PM

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