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David Brancaccio interviews U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official Bunny Greenhouse, who was demoted after blowing the whistle on alleged contractor fraud and abuse involving exclusive, non-compete contracts worth billions of dollars to Halliburton and its subsidiary KBR, which have since been awarded new government work in the rebuilding of the gulf coast.
Mrs. Greenhouse's acquisition career began as a Department of the Army Procurement Intern with the Directorate of Contracting, Fort Hood, Texas. Subsequently, Mrs. Greenhouse served in a number of positions and served until her demotion as the Procurement Executive and chief of civilian contracting for the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
Mrs. Greenhouse and some government watchdog groups maintain the she was demoted in retaliation for publicizing reservations she had about the awarding no-bid contracts worth billions of dollars for work in Iraq to a Halliburton subsidiary, Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR). Both the company and the administration deny any wrongdoing.
Mrs. Greenhouse has testified in front of the Senate Democratic Policy Hearing Committee about contracting process. The Defense Department's Inspector General have launched an investigation into the matter. Greenhouses's attorney has asked for an independent investigation. In addition, several Democratic senators have called for Mrs. Greenhouse's reinstatement.
Find out more:
Greenhouse's Capitol Hill Testimony, September 16, 2005 (PDF)
Greenhouse's Capitol Hill Testimony, June 27, 2005 (PDF)
United States Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
"Missteps Hamper Iraqi Oil Recovery", THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, September 26, 2005
The Center for Public Integrity
Kellogg, Brown and Root
Project on Government Oversight
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