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                                                                                           Katrina Mason



                                                                                           Congressional
                                                                                           Oversight of
                                                                                           Contractors
                                                                                           The Necessity of Cooperation
                                                                                           Between Government and the
                                                                                           Private Sector
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                                                                                                                                                                            Commissioner Christopher Shays. Photo: U.S. House of Representatives




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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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