POGO Reacts to ArmorGroup Whistleblower Lawsuit
Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 5:08 pm
The Project on Government Oversight, which blew the story of State Department contractor-gone-wild ArmorGroup wide open last week, put out this statement about the new whistleblower lawsuit against the company. Notice how hard it hits the State Department:
Today, new allegations of deficiencies and contract violations by ArmorGroup North America (AGNA) were claimed in a complaint filed by former AGNA executive James Gordon in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The contract is for security of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, and was awarded by the Department of State in March 2007. The complaint documents the many occasions State officials were made aware of contract violations—including grave problems with the guard force, violations of the law and contract, and threats to the security of the Embassy—yet those violations went uncorrected and, in many cases, grew worse.
State’s ongoing failure to correct proven contract deficiencies at the U.S. Embassy Kabul has apparently been a constant since the early days of the contract. According to the complaint, State officials were repeatedly informed about violations such as:
• Serious and chronic understaffing
• Language deficiencies that violated the contract and prevented communication among the guard force
• Numerous instances of making false statements, misrepresentations, and withholding information from State
• Jeopardizing the safety of the guard force via the purchase of cheaper, sub-par armored vehicles
“The complaint makes it clear that State can no longer suggest that it didn’t know what was going on,” said POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian.
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