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Oversight Hearing on Electrical Systems in Iraq

July 30, 2008

The Oversight Committee is currently holding a hearing, “Deficient Electrical Systems at U.S. Facilities in Iraq.” The hearing will examine electrical problems leading to the injuries and deaths of military personnel and the Department of Defense's management and oversight of contractors. Chairman Henry Waxman has been investigating the situation for several months, see his letter […]

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Oversight Committee Continues Investigation of Widespread Electrical Problems in Iraq

July 21, 2008

Democrats press Gates, KBR on poor electrical work Donna Borak, Associated Press – July 18, 2008 A pair of powerful Democrats on Friday called on the Pentagon and KBR Inc. to address inferior electrical work by private contractors on U.S. military bases in Iraq being blamed for the deaths of at least two U.S. soldiers. […]

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Chairmen Berman, Skelton Demand Administration Briefing on Negotiations About U.S. Troops' Future in Iraq

June 13, 2008

The chairmen of the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, which are responsible for overseeing the State and Defense departments, today insisted that the Administration fulfill its commitment to keep members of Congress informed of its negotiations with the Iraqi government on agreements about the future of U.S. troops stationed in Iraq. See highlights of […]

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House Passes Iraq Timeline & Restrictions, Expanded GI Bill

May 15, 2008

The House has just passed two of three amendments constituting the emergency supplemental bill. Amendment #1, which contained the funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, failed after 132 Republicans voted present, refusing to take a position for or against. Amendment #2 placing restrictions on the Iraq policy, and Amendment #3 funding domestic priorities […]

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House Passes Three Contractor Accountability Bills

April 23, 2008

Today, the House passed three more key bills to hold federal contractors accountable and crack down on fraud and abuse. U.S. taxpayers are outraged at the massive levels of waste, fraud and abuse that have been documented in large government contracts to well-connected firms, such as the $45 billion in reconstruction contracts in Iraq. These […]

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Oversight Committee Questions Fraud Reporting Exemptions for Overseas Contractors

March 20, 2008

From the Oversight Committee: Oversight Committee Questions Fraud Reporting Exemptions for Overseas Contractors WASHINGTON, DC — Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Rep. Edolphus Towns, and Rep. Peter Welch sent the following letter to Secretary of Defense Gates, Attorney General Mukasey, National Aeronautics and Space (NASA) Administrator Griffin, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Nussle, and […]

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Chairman Waxman Requests Information about Electrocutions of Soldiers in Iraq

March 19, 2008

Chairman Henry Waxman of the Oversight Committee sent the following letter (pdf) to Secretary of Defense Gates today: Dear Mr. Secretary: As part of the Oversight Committee's ongoing oversight of Iraq contract management, I am writing to request documents relating to the Department of Defense's management of contracts for maintenance of electrical systems in facilities […]

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Chairman Waxman Writes to Secretary Rice on Embassy in Iraq

February 29, 2008

Today Chairman Henry Waxman of the Oversight Committee wrote to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice regarding new documents that identify “critical” and “major” deficiencies in the construction of the new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, raising questions about the decision of the State Department to certify in December that the Embassy compound was “substantially complete.” The […]

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Oversight Hearing on Iraq with Secretary Rice

October 25, 2007

The Oversight Committee is currently holding a hearing, “The State Department and the Iraq War.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will testify on the State Department's performance on several significant issues relating to the Iraq war, including the impact of the activities of Blackwater USA and corruption within the Iraqi ministries on the prospects of […]

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Rising Cost of War Adds to Depth of Tragedy in Iraq

October 24, 2007

President Bush envisions a 10-year war in Iraq that the Congressional Budget Office now estimates will cost taxpayers nearly $2 trillion over the next decade. That estimate is a far cry from the Administration's original claim of a $50 billion price that the Iraqis could pay themselves. The depth of this tragedy is stunning, particularly […]

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