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the Talking Can
10-22-2004, 08:42 PM
Amazing....Billions in bogus charges and they're just going to give it to them. Profiteering with their approval. Jesus.....


yahoo (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=568&ncid=568&e=20&u=/nm/20041022/bs_nm/energy_halliburton_usarmy_dc_1)

Army to Let Halliburton Keep Iraq Payment

Fri Oct 22, 6:00 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Army is laying the groundwork to let Halliburton Co. keep several billion dollars paid for work in Iraq (news - web sites) that Pentagon (news - web sites) auditors say is questionable or unsupported by proper documentation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

According to Pentagon documents reviewed by the Journal, the Army has acknowledged that the Houston-based company might never be able to account properly for some of its work, which has been probed amid accusations that Halliburton's Kellogg Brown & Root unit overbilled the government for some operations in Iraq.

The company has hired a consulting firm to estimate what Halliburton's services should cost, the report said.

The newspaper, citing the documents and internal memorandums, said that officials are considering using the estimate to serve as the basis for "an equitable settlement," under which the Pentagon could drop many of the claims its auditors have made against the company.

But the Journal added that some disgruntled Pentagon officials see the effort to broker an outside settlement with the company as unusual because the contract is so large.

According to the report, Kellogg Brown & Root so far has billed about $12 billion in Iraq, and about $3 billion of that remains disputed by government officials.

The Journal also cited Pentagon records showing that $650 million in Halliburton billings are deemed questionable. An additional $2 billion is considered to have insufficient paperwork to justify the billing, the report said.

A representative for Halliburton did not immediately return a call seeking comment early Friday.

Hel'n
10-22-2004, 09:30 PM
this sounds like one of those "faith" based initiatives...

it has to be... since there is no proof...

;)

COCKRINGLEADER
10-22-2004, 11:11 PM
Please god, take Chaney

Ugly Duck
10-23-2004, 01:21 AM
Hey... this is getting serious..... a billion here, a billion there - pretty soon you're talking about real money!

jcl-kcfan2
10-23-2004, 07:35 AM
Hey look, there's another straw, better try grabbing that one too.

Hel'n
10-23-2004, 10:55 AM
Hey look, there's another straw, better try grabbing that one too.

That's an awfully expensive straw...

nychief
10-23-2004, 11:06 AM
Hey look, there's another straw, better try grabbing that one too.

Aahhh, how cute. He feels safer with uncle chaney around.

jcl-kcfan2
10-23-2004, 11:44 AM
You obviously haven't been in a company working under a gov't contract.
For 25% of the paperwork to not have all the I's dotted and T's crossed is not that hard to believe.

WilliamTheIrish
10-23-2004, 11:46 AM
Halliburton's profitability since teh Bush administration took office.