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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Did someone say `No bid?'

It just keeps flowing downhill:

Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., Arlington, Va., was awarded on Sept. 9, 2005, $15,000,000 for Task Order 0020 under a cost reimbursement, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity construction capabilities contract for recovery efforts in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers response to the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for unwatering activities in Plaquemines, East and West basins, New Orleans. The work to be performed provides for immediate disaster recovery response to repair pumps and restore utilities to efficiently and rapidly unwater. Work will be performed in New Orleans, La., and is expected to be completed by November 2005. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. (DoDcontractannouncement from today.)

This hasn't been the first, nor will it be the last. For KBR, the subsidiary of Hallburton, it pays to hire former FEMA chief Joe Allbaugh to lobby your cause with his old cronies. What will Cheney's old firm do with the money? Throw it on the pile, i s'pose.


Anonymous bu$h ate my baby said...

Where to begin?

From the link you provided: "The basic contract was competitively procured with 59 proposals solicited, three offers received, and award made on July 26, 2004." So no, someone did not say "no bid."

The larger question is, is this style of awarding contracts so bad? Note the award date -- July 26, 2004. My understanding is that various agencies like DoD, who may have sudden large needs at unscheduled times, contract in advance for various types of services so that, when needed, services can be provided immediately. It is not "no bid" -- more like "pre bid." Is that so wrong? For a site that has been critical about the swiftness of the federal response in the wake of hurricane Katrina, and rightfully so, it is hypocrisy to then castigate the federal government for awarding contracts in this manner in order to swiftly meet needs caused by a natural disaster (a manner in which it has been awarding contracts for decades).

Can we hope for more from Mr. CHB except reflexive, knee-jerk condemnation? Time will tell.

9/15/2005 11:40 AM  
Anonymous bu$h ate my baby said...

By the way, did you leave out the next sentence of your excerpt, which was the one I quoted above, so that you could have the catchy title? If so, tsk, tsk.

9/15/2005 2:39 PM  

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