The General Accounting Office will launch a broad-scale probe into methods and secrecy that surrounds awarding of contracts to rebuild Iraq, Comptroller General David Walker said Thursday in an interview with National Journal Group reporters.
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The U.S. Agency for International Development's decision to sidestep open bidding for contracts to help rebuild Iraq should be investigated, congressional Democrats say.
Certain federal contractors would no longer have to follow key oversight and accounting rules on contracts worth up to $200 million under legislation being drafted by the chairman of the House Government Reform Committee.
A promise President Bush made during the 2000 campaign—to put the jobs of 425,000 civil servants up for competition with contractors—has resonated far and wide inside the federal workforce.