Tracking Federal Funds: USAspending.gov and Other Data Sources

Tracking Federal Funds: USAspending.gov and Other Data Sources

Merete F. Gerli
Information Research Specialist
May 13, 2015
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Pentagon says no one should be held accountable for $34 million debacle

Pentagon says no one should be held accountable for $34 million debacle

Defense officials say decision to construct lavish facility in Afghanistan was prudent, even though it was never used

By R. Jeffrey Smith

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The $34 million command and control facility at Camp Leatherneck in Southern Afghanistan has never been used.

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Camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan was not a particularly hospitable base for the tens of thousands of U.S. Marines and other troops who surged there towards the end of the last decade. Sandstorms regularly swept through the treeless landscape, and attacks on the base by Taliban forces claimed lives. The base’s initial name was “Tombstone.”

So it was perhaps understandable when the Marines declared an “operational need” in 2010 for a huge headquarters building at the site, to be outfitted with air conditioning, plush seating and comfortable offices.

But the decision to construct a 64,000-foot command and control facility has since come to exemplify the U.S. military’s careless waste in Afghanistan. After $34 million was spent on its construction, the tall, windowless building was never, ever used, except perhaps for target practice by the Taliban, according to U.S. officials. The facility was officially turned over to the Afghan Army last fall, but it remains empty and lies in a part of Afghanistan where U.S. personnel rarely if ever travel now. Continue reading

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Nauru security company Transfield avoids questions on detention centre allegations

Nauru security company Transfield avoids questions on detention centre allegations

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Inquiry hears of abuse on Nauru

Security contractors confirm they’re aware of allegations guards on Nauru have traded sexual favours for cigarettes during a Senate inquiry which uncovered claims of rape and mistreatment.

A security company that has pocketed $1.2 billion for running the offshore processing centre on Nauru  refused to address during a Senate hearing  allegations of women being sexually abused on the island by their guards, or the conditions in which they are living. Continue reading

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Australian Inquiry Hears Sexual Assault Allegations At Migrant Camp

During the first hearing in Canberra, of the senate inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse at the Nauru migrant camp, the senior managers on Tuesday, were mum on the main questions during their interrogation. Their lack of knowledge was termed extraordinary by the senators who were highly disappointed due to this.

The inquiry heard allegations of sexual assault and miserable living conditions at the offshore migrant detention centre. In the aftermath of the government commissioned independent Moss Review, it was unveiled that Nauru detainees were being sexually tortured. Continue reading

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G4S spokesman: ‘We’re taking swift action following Rainsbrook Ofsted report’

G4S spokesman: ‘We’re taking swift action following Rainsbrook Ofsted report’

G4S spokesman: 'We're taking swift action following Rainsbrook Ofsted report'
Young offenders are escorted by staff at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre in Willoughby (Picture: PA)

Earlier this week Frances Crook of The Howard League for Penal Reform wrote for us calling for the G4S-run Rainsbrook secure training centre to be closed down immediately following a highly critical Ofsted report. Paul Cook, Director of Children Services for G4S, here defends the company’s record at Rainsbrook. Continue reading

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Moody’s downgrades CFR of DynCorp Int’l to Caa2 from Caa1, outlook negative

Global Credit Research – 18 May 2015

Approximately $787 million of rated debt affected

New York, May 18, 2015 — Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the ratings of DynCorp International Inc. (“DI”), including the Corporate Family Rating to Caa2 from Caa1. Concurrently, the Speculative Grade Liquidity rating was lowered to SGL-4 from SGL-3. The rating outlook is negative. Continue reading

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DynCorp to compete for $1.1bn US Army TACOM’s TS3 ERS contract

DynCorp International (DI) has been selected as one of the 20 prime contractors for the US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command’s (TACOM) strategic service solutions equipment related services (TS3 ERS) contract.

The selection by the Army Contracting Command enables the company to compete for task orders under the competitively-awarded indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, which has an eight-year period of performance, and a maximum potential value of $1.1bn. Continue reading

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Minister warns SA mercenaries in Nigeria

Minister warns SA mercenaries in Nigeria

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Copy of ST mug Mapisa-Nqakula INDEPENDENT MEDIA Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Johannesburg – Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has issued a stern warning to South African mercenaries battling Boko Haram in Nigeria that they face serious consequences for their actions.

While the former South African Defence Force soldiers have been enlisted by the Nigerian government to help them fight the terrorist group, Mapisa-Nqakula said on Wednesday the Foreign Military Assistance Act prohibits South Africans from fighting outside the country for financial gain. Continue reading

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Coercion and Capital in Afghanistan: The Rise, Transformation and Fall of the Afghan Commercial Security Sector

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PRIVATE MILITARY AND SECURITY COMPANIES UNDER INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW: A VACUUM?

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