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? )

from remarks by Wesley Clark in NH…

Snips from Bernie Quigley’s lovely FHA, Carol Shea-Porter & Wesley Clark: Lights in the New England Snow (3 3 07)

Just as we arrived it was announced that the Secretary of the Army had resigned over the treatment of soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. General Clark opened his remarks with comments on this as a continuation of the same process of a war fought with hubris rather than means; the price being paid by the veteran and the wounded soldier.  This scandal will run deeper.

More from Mr. Q:

From my point of view, the ’08 Democratic race for President is unfortunate. It has never happened before that the airwaves and the entertainment industry have virtually commandeered the public consciousness, creating a celebrity show more akin to American Idol. Republic government cannot survive with dialog at such a low entertainment level. I’m more concerned under these circumstances to see a strong new Democratic party in the Senate and House in ’08 and look to 2012 to the Presidency. I see parallels today with the New England Whigs-turned-Republican (Lincoln, Grant) in the 1850s thereabouts; New England shed its old skin and found a new one & better one inside. I believe we are doing the same right now.

I don’t come to this through politics, but from other things I write about. We are facing the fourth generational turn in the post-war period. Each new generation starts with new ideas and new ideas always demand new people. The century will build on the new Congress of ’06.

I agree with Bernie Quigley – so far the ’08 cycle is proving to be the longest-bizarrest-costliest-freak-show-primary in my lifetime. “Unfortunate” indeed.

good read, the rest here: Thank you Mr. Q

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[update]: Senators Vow Quick Action on Walter Reed 

By JOHN HEILPRIN
The Associated Press
Sunday, March 4, 2007; 12:16 PM

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers promised a quick response and sought an independent commission as they expressed outrage Sunday over the poor conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. <

“The scandal is emblematic of the Bush administration.” — Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich