Saturday, October 4, 2008

BUSH USING PRIVATE CONTRACTORS TO INVESTIGATE PRIVATE CONTRACTORS

ABC News - In an apparent violation of federal regulations, the State Department has outsourced to private contractors the responsibility to investigate possible crimes committed by security contractors in Iraq. Earlier this year, the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security hired the private firm U.S. Investigations Service to fill positions in the newly created Force Investigation Unit that investigates potential misuses of force against civilians by U.S. security contractors. The contract investigators have been in Iraq since this summer. . .

According to a contract obtained by ABC News, the company was hired to supplement Diplomatic Security personnel. However, the eight USIS contractors hired for the team represent the majority of the full-time team, an apparent violation of federal regulations that prohibit such work by contractors. According to Federal Acquisition Regulation part 7.5, it is not permissible to hire contractors for jobs "considered to be inherently governmental functions" including "the direct conduct of criminal investigations."

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