During the Commission on Wartime Contracting hearings, former Congressman Christopher Shays repeatedly asserted the great utility of contractors as well as the necessity of their continued use. [...] the Government Accountability Office audit in July 2009 reported that contractors have successfully supplemented the U.S. military. [...] continued animosity toward contractors results only in temporary political gain, while wasting taxpayer dollars.
government affairs | congressional oversight Katrina Mason Congressional Oversight of Contractors The Necessity of Cooperation Between Government and the Private Sector 28 Commissioner Christopher Shays. Photo: U.S. House of Representatives A journal of international peace operations | volume 5 | number 2 | september-october 2009 FTER Congress mandated contractors not only delegitimize this enhance the ability of contractors to increased oversight and investiga- essential service but also avoid the properly serve their clients. tion of serious incidents involving fundamental issues while impeding defense contractors, numerous Congres- progress. During the Commission on Two actions must be implemented for sional committees have taken steps Wartime Contracting hearings, former Senator Collins’s recommendations to be toward auditing the private sector. The Congressman Christopher Shays successful. The government must increase May 5, 2009 Kabul embassy shooting repeatedly asserted the great utility of the number of contract monitors and received much attention. Intoxicated contractors as well as the necessity of actualize third-party certification require- security personnel from Paravant LLC their continued use. Moreover, the ments for all government contracts. The fired on an approaching civilian vehicle, Government Accountability Office audit number of contract monitors is drastically killing one and wounding two Afghan in July 2009 reported that contractors disproportionate to the number of civilians. This is a clear example of have successfully supplemented the U.S. government contracts. In addition, the security personnel having acted negli- military. Therefore, continued animosity government should implement third-party gently during their contract, and actions toward contractors results only in certification that will require each
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