28.Feb.2011 Jacobs Engineering Group Company Profile
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A special US government investigative body just released what it calls the first comprehensive audit of some 7,000 reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan.
To be clear, this isn’t an audit of each reconstruction contract. No. It was an audit whose goal was merely to figure out how many contracts have been issued, and for how much.
The takeaway from the 45-page report is that the departments of Defense and State, USAID and other agencies are “unable to readily report on how much money they spend” on contracts worth nearly $18 billion over two years.
The audit shows that navigating the confusing labyrinth of government contracting is difficult, at best. Within the Defense Department alone, there are four contracting organizations managing DOD funded reconstruction contracts. The audit found that not only do those four DOD contracting organizations not coordinate and share information with one another, there is minimal sharing of information across government agencies.
Minimal information sharing? Where have we heard that before?
Also, despite the large number of companies involved in reconstruction, “a relatively small number of contractors and other entities accounted for the majority of obligations.” For instance, approximately 75 percent of the $2.4 billion in State Department contracts went to one company, DynCorp International.