Brazil Police to Take Over Security Screening at Rio Olympics

Brazil Police to Take Over Security Screening at Rio Olympics

Police officers from around the country will be stepping in after contractor failed to hire enough staff

Brazilian soldiers stand guard outside the Rio Olympic Park. The government said police from across the country will be stepping in to provide security screening for the Games after a private contractor failed to hire enough staff. ENLARGE
Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters
By Will Connors
Updated July 29, 2016 2:44 p.m. ET

RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazilian police will take over security screening outside Olympic venues after the private firm contracted to do the job failed to hire enough staff in time for the Games, which begin in a week, according to Brazil’s Ministry of Justice.

Police officers from around the country will be stepping in to handle the screening, which includes operating X-ray machines and patting down visitors for weapons and other contraband.

The last-minute change is likely to add to security concerns amid global fears of terrorism as hundreds of thousands of athletes and tourists descend on Rio for the Games. Continue reading

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Watchdog Finds Uneven Assessment of Army Contractors

Watchdog Finds Uneven Assessment of Army Contractors

The U.S. Army is not consistently following the rules for evaluating contractor performance, according to a Department of Defense Inspector General (IG) report released on Monday.

Performance assessment reports, or PARs, are the federal government’s method for measuring contractor performance. Contracts may have several PARs prepared during their period of performance. PARs are prepared in a database called the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) and are shared government-wide through the Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS) database. Continue reading

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$43 Million Gas Station a “Can of Worms” Says Sen. Grassley

Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA)

The controversial gas station in Afghanistan, which cost taxpayers either $42.7 million or less than $10 million depending on whom you ask, has become a “can of worms,” according to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Continue reading

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Inspection of $5.2 Million Bagrami Industrial Park

Today, SIGAR released an inspection report on the $5.2 million USAID-funded design and construction of Bagrami Industrial Park.

The inspection notes:

— USAID awarded a $10 million contract to Technologists, Inc. (TI), a U.S. company, for the development of three industrial parks in Afghanistan. After 11 modifications, the contract’s value increased to $21.1 million. Continue reading

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Defense Contractor Wants Afghan Law Applied to Suit in LA–Except for the Flogging Part

Published: Jul 26, 2016

Defense Contractor Wants Afghan Law Applied to Suit in LA–Except for the Flogging Part

Defense Contractor Wants Afghan Law Applied to Suit in LA--Except for the Flogging Part Credit: Wikipedia Marmal Military Base in Afghanistan.

At first glance, the complaint looks like your average negligence suit. A drunk man driving a company bus hits another bus driver, injuring her back, neck and bladder. She wants money from the drunk driver and the company.

Except the accident took place on a military base in Afghanistan. The company, defense contracting giant AECOM, claims Afghan law should apply to the suit, which was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2014.

Not the part about drunk drivers getting 60 to 80 lashes or the part about women under Sharia law potentially not being allowed to testify in court. No, it’s the part about no vicarious liability for employers, no punitive damages and limited compensatory damages. Continue reading

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KBR Awarded Multiple Global Defense Contracts

07/18/2016

HOUSTON, TX–(Marketwired – July 18, 2016) – KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced today it has been awarded a string of defense contract awards, further boosting its global Government Services business which, with the recent acquisition of now-KBRwyle, spans the full spectrum of the life-cycle of aerospace and defense programs.

The awards include two contract extensions with the U.S. Department of Defense and a multi-year contract for the Australian Defense Department, furthering KBR’s long and successful record of delivering projects and support to government clients across the world. Continue reading

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MPRI offers settlement to the Serbs from Krajina over operation “Storm”


 American company MPRI, sued by Serbs from Krajina before the court in Chicago, accused of being an advisor of the Croatian army and helped the genocide against the Serbs in Croatia in the operation “Storm”, offered the Serbs a settlement, writes “Vecernje Novosti”. Continue reading
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Prison operator Serco slammed over treatment of inmate at Mt Eden Prison

Prison operator Serco slammed over treatment of inmate at Mt Eden Prison

A report has exposed a shocking lack of medical care for a prisoner at Mt Eden prison, formerly run by Serco.
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A report has exposed a shocking lack of medical care for a prisoner at Mt Eden prison, formerly run by Serco. Continue reading

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Serco boss Rupert Soames on his Churchillian mission to clean up the outsourcer

Serco boss Rupert Soames on his Churchillian mission to clean up the outsourcer

Rupert Soames, the chief executive of Serco talks about a turnaround at the outsourcer.

Rupert Soames is showing me around his pimped-up ride. There are blacked-out windows, escape hatches, even a pull-down staircase to the ground. It’s not his own car — that’s the Audi A6 in the corner of this cavernous depot in New Southgate, north London — it’s one of his prison vans. Continue reading

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How One of the BDS Movement’s Alleged ‘Victories’ Became One of Its Worst Defeats

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It turns out that the one of the BDS movement’s biggest alleged successes is a colossal failure. Thanks to the new wave of state anti-boycott laws, it has emerged that far from boycotting Israel, the security giant G4S plans to continue doing business there indefinitely.

Last year, Illinois became the first state to pass a law restricting investments in companies that boycott Israel. Since then, about 11 states have followed suit with laws limiting either pension investment, contracting, or both. Continue reading

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