Blackwater Overseers to Get Bonuses

By Brian Ross And Justin Rood

Dec 4, 2007 2:41pm

U.S. government officials who have overseen the controversial Blackwater security firm’s activities in Iraq are slated to receive thousands of dollars in performance bonuses, despite controversy surrounding the company. A State Department document obtained by ABC News shows Diplomatic Security officials Kevin Barry and Justine Sincavage will receive between $10,000 and $15,000 for their "outstanding performance." Barry and Sincavage, who managed Blackwater’s contract for the department, recently received promotions as well, ABC News reported in October. Blackwater has denied the allegations against it, including charges it improperly fired upon and killed Iraqi civilians, smuggled weapons into Iraq, and dodged payroll taxes.  Company founder Erik Prince called the shooting allegations "negative and baseless." A State Department review released in October found serious problems with the operations of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), including lax oversight of Blackwater USA and other private security contractors. Ambassador Richard Griffin resigned his post as head of DSS in October, immediately following the report’s release. The monetary awards for Barry and Sincavage were recommended by the 2007 Senior Foreign Service Performance Pay Selection Boards, which met this summer. They are to receive the awards Dec. 20, according to the State Department document. News of the awards was first reported by the Web site TPMmuckraker.com. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Click Here for Full Blotter Coverage.

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