Privatizing incompetence at Walter Reed

March 5, 2007

got ice?

In Jan. 2006, Walter Reed finalized a five-year, $120-million “cost-plus” contract to IAP Worldwide Services for hospital support services, including facilities management.

Letter March 2, 2007/ Committee on Oversight & Gov’t Reform, (pdf) to:

Major General George W. Weightman
Commander (former)
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Building 1, The Command Suite
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20307

excerpt:

We have learned that in January 2006, Walter Reed awarded a five-year, $120 million dollar contract to a company called IAP Worldwide Services, including facilities management. IAP is one of the companies that experienced problems delivering ice during the response to Hurricane Katrina. The company is led by Al Neffgren, a former senior Halliburton official who testified before our Committee in July 2004 in defense of Halliburton’s exorbitant charges for fuel delivery and troop support in Iraq.

and…

It would be reprehensible if the deplorable conditions were caused or aggravated by an ideological commitment to privatize government services regardless of the costs to taxpayers and the consequences for wounded soldiers.  (Henry Waxman, committee chair)

(note: I’m attributing that quote to Champ-Waxman altho committee members may have co-authored the letter)

…I thought the ‘Champ’s’ hearings went well this a.m.

Aside: in ‘defense of small-bidness-contracts’ (pun intended), about IAP: Defining Small

and speaking of Quayle…

“I should have caught the mistake on that spelling bee card. But as Mark Twain once said, You should never trust a man who has only one way to spell a word.” — Vice President Dan Quayle,

(OK, I gotta ask, did ‘you-say-potato-i-say-potatoe’ mis-quote Andrew Jackson, for Mark Twain? )

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