Report: KBR Dominates Iraq, Afghan Contracting

By Justin Rood

Nov 20, 2007 10:44am

Former Halliburton subsidiary KBR, Inc. has won more contract work in recent years with the U.S. government than any other firm operating in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new report. The Bush administration has awarded the company, once known as Kellogg, Brown and Root, more than $16 billion for work in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2004 and 2006, the Center for Public Integrity found. That figure dwarfs the total contracting dollars won by other corporations working on behalf of the United States in the two occupied countries. DynCorp International, the security firm which ranked second in CPI’s report, brought in less than $2 billion in federal dollars, mostly for the State Department, the group found. Click Here for Full Blotter Coverage. The report, "Windfalls of War II," follows up on the nonpartisan watchdog’s October 2003 study, "Windfalls of War." That study and its updates found that KBR dominated contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2002 to 2004 as well. Overall, the firm has obtained more than $27 billion for contract work in the region. Houston, Tex.-based KBR was a subsidiary of Halliburton, Inc. until the parent spun it off in April through the sale of public stock. Halliburton, once run by now-Vice President Dick Cheney, moved its corporate headquarters to Dubai in March, although it remains incorporated in the United States. CPI said it based its study on contractor data available through the General Services Administration. It cautioned that there are holes in the information. For instance, the government has contracted nearly $20 billion in work to unnamed businesses located outside the United States — "a nebulous collection of companies identified by the U.S. government only as ‘foreign contractors,’" CPI reported. As well, one U.S. contracting agency in Baghdad does not report complete information to GSA, the group said. It said it has filed Freedom of Information Act requests to fill in these holes. Do you have a tip for Brian Ross and the Investigative Team?

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