Jun 02, 2004
Rumsfeld & Halliburton
Waxman said the General Accounting Office, the audit arm of Congress, told him the oil work should have been obtained competitively.
The Army knew this, Waxman said the GAO had told him. But, he wrote Rumsfeld, “your office overruled the Army and directed Army officials to issue the task order to Halliburton.”
Lautenberg, Waxman and several other Democrats have called for months for hearings into details of U.S. government deals involving Halliburton, the biggest contractor in Iraq.
U.S. officials have estimated the Texas company’s Iraq deals, for everything from oil repairs to meals for the troops, could eventually total some $18 billion. But only the majority party can call hearings. Republicans, who control both houses of Congress, have refused.
[...]A former deputy defense secretary from the mid-1990s, John White, said the e-mail showed unprecedented political input on Pentagon contracts. An official like Feith, an undersecretary for policy, should not be handling contracts, he said. “I’ve never heard of anything like this before.”
Waxman’s comin’ to getcha…
Update: The French are comin’ to getcha too…
Update: Whammo! Waxman’s really comin’ to getcha:
New allegations emerged Wednesday about the uncontested granting of a $7 billion Iraq oilfield contract to the politically connected Halliburton company.
Details of a General Accounting Office review of the contract were sent to Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., in which the non-partisan congressional watchdog said the Pentagon violated federal procurement rules when it awarded Halliburton the contract to repair Iraq’s oil infrastructure without seeking competitive bids.
Waxman’s letter (pdf).
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