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Contractor Sunshine Act

War Contractors Exposed To The Light...

ƒcThis is something that should have been done as soon as Rummy created his lean mean military machine.   How many contractors and who they are and the necessity for them in the first place.   Of course we know that the War Profiteers would look bad if all this information was made available voluntarily.

If the lawmakers listed as co-sponsors are your reps, please contact them and thank them.   If this issue is as important to you as it should be, contact your reps and tell them to help get this bill passed...

The Hill

Legislation to require White House disclosure of military contracting

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a House Intelligence Committee member, introduced legislation requiring the Bush administration to disclose to what degree it relies on private military contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“For too long, the Bush administration has relied on guns-for-hire to carry out inherently governmental functions,” Schakowsky said. “Contractors have operated under a veil of secrecy, without a public debate about the nature and scope of their operations.”

  • Require the departments of Defense, State, and the Interior and the U.S. Agency for International Development to provide Congress with descriptions of both contractual work performed in Iraq and Afghanistan and task orders in excess of $5 million.
  • Agencies also would have to report the number of contractors and subcontractors employed in Iraq and Afghanistan and the total costs of contracts there.
  • Agencies would have to inform Congress about the number of wounded and killed contractors as well as disciplinary actions taken by the U.S. government against contractors who break the law.

The legislation has 16 co-sponsors, among them Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the Financial Services Committee, Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and David Price (D-N.C.), chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee.

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