January 4, 2007 by bob
Despite prevailing tides at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bunny Greenhouse just couldn’t reconcile the lack of competition for large military contracts that were being awarded to the defense industry contractor Halliburton. As a longtime procurement official at that agency she was determined to deliver the best outcomes and full disclosure for American taxpayers on large-scale military contracts that were being handed out as no-bid contracts to Halliburton and its subsidiary Kellogg, Brown, and Root (KBR).
Bunny referred to the mismanagement of these matters as “the most blatant and improper contract abuse I have witnessed during the course of my professional career.”
From The Washington Post:
Bunny Greenhouse was once the perfect bureaucrat, an insider, the top procurement official at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Then the 61-year-old Greenhouse lost her $137,000-a-year post after questioning the plump contracts awarded to Halliburton in the run-up to the war in Iraq. It has made her easy to love for some, easy to loathe for others, but it has not made her easy to know.
In late August, she was demoted, her pay cut and her authority stripped. Her former bosses say it’s because of a years-long bout of poor work habits; she and her lawyer say it’s payback for her revelations about a politically connected company.
Now Bunnatine Hayes Greenhouse is becoming one of the most unusual things known in the upper echelons of government and industry — a top-shelf bureaucrat who is telling all she knows. For honesty’s sake, she says.
September 15, 2006 by bob
via The Washington Post:
Michael De Kort was frustrated.
The 41-year-old Lockheed Martin engineer had complained to his bosses. He had told his story to government investigators. He had called congressmen.
But when no one seemed to be stepping up to correct what he saw as critical security flaws in a fleet of refurbished Coast Guard patrol boats, De Kort did just about the only thing left he could think of to get action: He made a video and posted it on YouTube.com.
[article continues below video]
“What I am going to tell you is going to seem preposterous,” De Kort solemnly tells viewers near the outset of the 10-minute clip. Posted three weeks ago, the video describes what De Kort says are blind spots in the ship’s security cameras, equipment that malfunctions in cold weather and other problems. “It may be very hard for you to believe that our government and the largest defense contractor in the world [are] capable of such alarming incompetence and can make ethical compromises as glaring as what I am going to describe.” In response to De Kort’s charges, a Coast Guard spokeswoman said the service has “taken the appropriate level of action.” A spokeswoman for the contractors said the allegations were without merit.