November 6, 2012
DynCorp of West Virginia, one of the largest military contractors in Afghanistan, was awarded a $72.8 million contract to train pilots for the Air Force about one week after the special inspector general for reconstruction called the company’s earlier work at the Kunduz army base “unsatisfactory.”
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) wrote a scathing report in 2010 and a followup this year which found “serious soil stabilitity issues . . . structural failures, improper grading, and new sink holes” that threatened the well-being of troops stationed there. One sink hole was found near an electrical power transformer, whose failure “would result in a loss of electrical power over a large portion of Camp Pamir, causing significant financial loss and increasing the risk of injury through fire and electrical shock,” the report said.
Despite the negative reviews, the government settled with DynCorp and paid it $70.8 million for its work and released it from future contractural liability. “This was clearly a final settlement between USACETAN and DynCorp that appears to be on unfavorable terms to the U.S. government,” the inspector general concluded.
DynCorp disagreed with the inspector general’s 2010 findings and dismissed the more recent followup that found a worsening condition because “this contract was closed out last year so we are unable to comment on 2012 site conditions that may or may not exist today.”