Houston Mayoral candidate Gene Locke has a lot of support from some of the ladies in Houston. Dozens of them poured into the Ensemble Theatre Monday afternoon to support their candidate of choice. The ladies dined on wine and cheese as many of them caught up with each other until the guest of honor arrived. The event began at 5:30pm and Locke arrived promptly at 6pm. The Houston attorney faces competition from Annise Parker and Peter Brown in the race for Mayor of Houston. The other potential candidate is Sylvester Turner. He hasn’t officially thrown his hat into the race just yet. Some of the people attending Locke’s event: Tess Hardin, Regina Wolfolk, Diedra Fontaine, Mercedes Terry, Angela Yancy, Chasless Yancy, Jackie Pope, Deborah Cole, Kristin Giyamah, Carolyn Campbell and the list goes on!
An independent commission has found that the Defense Department failed to provide adequate oversight over tens of billions of dollars in contracts to support military operations
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The report to Congress comes from the Wartime Contacting Commission, which was directed to investigate waste and fraud in wartime spending.
The bipartisan commission found that U.S. reliance on private sector employees has grown to “unprecedented proportions.” But it also found that the government has no central database of who all these contractors are, what they do or how much they’re paid.
The commission cites concerns with a massive support contract known as “LOGCAP” that provides troops with essential services, including housing, meals, mail delivery and laundry.
Houston-based KBR Inc. is the primary LOGCAP contractor in Iraq and has been paid nearly $32 billion since 2001. The commission says billions of dollars of that was wasted due to poorly defined work orders, inadequate oversight and contractor inefficiencies.
In one example, defense auditors challenged KBR after it billed the government for $100 million in costs for private security even though the contract prohibited the use of for-hire guards.
KBR has defended its performance and criticized the commission for making “biased” statements against the company.