The Talking Lion

Monday, August 29, 2005

DOD is a bunch of jerks...

Ok. A high level civillian contracting official in the Army Corp. of Engineers has been removed from her job.
Lt. Gen. Carl A. Strock, commander of the Army Corps, told Bunnatine H. Greenhouse last month that she was being removed from the senior executive service, the top rank of civilian government employees, because of poor performance reviews.

Poor performance reviews. Ok. That sounds like a legitimate reason to release someone. If she's doing their job poorly, she should go, right? Who is this Greenhouse lady anyway?

Apparently she is a high ranking civillian who is in charge of contracts and she didn't play ball. And in this administration, if you don't play ball (see: bend over and say thank you after), you're are taken out.
Greenhouse came to prominence last year when she went public with her concerns over the volume of Iraq-related work given to Halliburton by the Corps without competition. The Houston-based oil services giant already had a competitively awarded contract to provide logistics support for the military in the Middle East and was awarded a no-bid contract to repair Iraq oil fields on the eve of the war there in 2003.

Greenhouse complained internally about that contract. Last fall she started giving interviews to national publications. And in June she testified before a Democrat-sponsored Capitol Hill event on contracting in Iraq.

"I can unequivocally state that the abuse related to contracts awarded to KBR represents the most blatant and improper abuse I have witnessed" in 20 years working on government contracts, Greenhouse said at the Democratic forum.

She said the independence of the Corps' contracting process was compromised in the handling of the contact. "I observed, first hand, that essentially every aspect of the [Restore Iraqi Oil] contract remained under the control of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. This troubled me and was wrong."

And there you have it, the real reason she is being demoted. The Pentagon when asked about the event has remained mute. And of course, the desicion is being appealled.

Greenhouse's attorney, Michael D. Kohn, appealed the decision Friday in a letter to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, saying it broke an earlier commitment to suspend the demotion until a "sufficient record" was available to address her allegations.

The Army said last October that it would refer her complaints to the Defense Department's inspector general. The failure to abide by the agreement and the circumstances of the removal "are the hallmark of illegal retaliation," Kohn wrote to Rumsfeld. He said the review Strock cited to justify his action "was conducted by the very subjects" of Greenhouse's allegations, including the general.

So yeah, the appeals are being heard by the same people that want her gone. I'm surprised the DOD waited this long to axe her, perhaps they're thinking about new contracts and can't afford pesky do-gooders with a penchant for blowing the whistle on every wrong thing they do.


  • Hey, that $20 million severance package for Cheney had to be good for something.

    [Came over from Ross' place via the Ben Shapiro rant. I'm glad to see your appreciation for profanity-laced tirades. With this Administration, it can be hard to write anything else...]

    By Blogger Mr Furious, at Tuesday, 30 August, 2005  

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