Top Army Contracts Officer Blows the Whistle
Washington, DC October 24, 2004: The top civilian contracting officer of the Army Corps of Engineer — with the protocol of a one star general has disclosed high level misconduct concerning the review and approval of major Iraqi reconstruction contracts (including the “RIO” and “RIO II” contracts) that were awarded to Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR). Ms. Greenhouse is the highest ranking federal employee to disclose misconduct pertaining to KBR.
The Department of Defense has announced that its Office of Inspector General will investigate these allegations.
The whistleblower, Bunnatine (“Bunny”) Greenhouse, is employed as the Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting (“PARC”) for the Army Corps. She is a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service.
A statement released today by Ms. Greenhouse’s attorneys, Michael D. Kohn and Stephen M. Kohn, of the National Whistleblowers Center stated as follows:
Ms. Greenhouse’s allegations go to the highest levels of the government. The investigation into the allegations she has raised must not end at the Defense Department. The role of current and former Halliburton and DOD employees must also be fully investigated.
We applaud Ms. Greenhouse’s courage and integrity. We are very concerned that Ms. Greenhouse will suffer severe retaliation and request that the Secretary of Defense clearly and unequivocally reaffirm every federal employees right to “blow the whistle” and reaffirm the requirements contained in Executive Order 12731. This EO required Ms. Greenhouse to come forward and report the misconduct she witnessed.
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