KBR mechanics worked as little as 43 minutes a month, By John Byrne
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Mother Jones’ Adam Weinstein reports that, “In September 2008, for example, KBR had 144 maintenance employees at Balad, available to work 16,200 hours. Their actual ‘utilization rate’ was a paltry 0.63 percentâ€”which means that each of the 144 KBR employees averaged about 43 minutes of work for the entire month.”
How did such a large bunch of thumb-twiddling mechanics go unnoticed? The Pentagon investigators found that the Army had no system in place to police how much work its contractors were actually doing. Plus, the unit in charge of KBR’s operation at Balad reported that the contractor wouldn’t reveal how many mechanics it employed there “because it believed the information was proprietary.” The investigators (who eventually got the KBR data) note that as of last August, the number of KBR mechanics at Balad has since dropped to 75, but they conclude diplomatically that “opportunities for additional reductions of tactical vehicle field maintenance services at [Balad] may exist, which may provide additional cost savings to DOD.” In other words, the Army should consider sending even more contractors home.
Camp is Gone, but not for Long! Cindy Sheehan shuts down CAMP OUT NOW at the National Mall
Cindy says, “Well, our great experiment didn’t go as well as we planned here in DC. My vision was a Peace Camp that would serve the needs of the campers as far as housing and food were concerned (that part worked) and the campers would then commit aggressive acts of civil resistance (that part didn’t) in the nation’s capital to shut down the violent military-corporate empire that we live in. In the opinion of members of Peace of the Action, living here in the US gives us special responsibilities for stopping it…. By the way, not only was our demand to meet with President Obama not granted—three of our Camp OUT NOW volunteers (including myself) have been given stay away orders from the White House.”