Non-Investigation of Halliburton
Although the DCIS has accomplished all of the above investigations, saving the Department of Defense millions of dollars, there seems to be a failure on their part to complete the investigation of Halliburton with the appropraite procecution. Pentagon auditers have found alleged accounting malpractice, suspicious payments to officials and overcharging wthin Halliburton and its former subsidiary KBR. It has been accused of breaching United States sanctions that prohibit companies from operating in places such as Iran and was also blamed for damaging the historic Iraqi site of Babylon, where it helped establish a US base. Yet the Department of Defense continues to grant Halliburton contracts in Iraq and other locations. One may wonder why the DCIS celebrates the conviction of travel voucher fraud though it has not seen the conviction of lager scale criminal activity invloved in Halliburton and other such agencies.
"The evidence shows that Halliburton has billed taxpayers for over $1 billion in costs that the Pentagon's own auditors have questioned or called unreasonable," Chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Byron Dorgan said in 2006. "American soldiers in harm's way bathed and brushed their teeth in water that we now know to have been contaminated by dangerous bacteria. Good people who spoke up and tried to stop these outrages were fired for doing so."
Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) recommended to the Department of Defense that it refuse to pay Halliburton's KBR subsidiary for $159.5 million in meal overcharges. The DCAA said the subsidiary charged the government for thousands of meals in and around Iraq that were never served to the troops. The DCAA continues to audit bills submitted by KBR for feeding soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait.
The Defense Criminal Investigative Service of the Inspector General's office launched a criminal investigation of Halliburton unit Kellogg, Brown & Root on Jan. 29 2004. Defense Department auditors found the unit may have overcharged as much as $61 million for fuel shipped into Iraq from Kuwait. The subcontractor is Altanmia Commercial Marketing Co.
Halliburton criminal probe opened