After the Pentagon revealed it had secretly awarded the Iraq oil work to Halliburton, the Army Corps of Engineers' Fort Worth District was supposed to give other contractors a chance to bid. The irony is the competition for new contracts turned out to be far more corrupt than the sole-source award! The author, an independent consultant, led Bechtel's team in the competition until she discovered it was a sham and Bechtel withdrew. The competition appeased Pentagon critics because the fraud was never revealed - until now. They accused VP Cheney, former Halliburton CEO, of giving the work to cronies, based on circumstantial evidence, not proof. The critics never identified the bureaucratic pathway by which payback was achieved or even a single link in the chain. This book presents hard evidence of favoritism for the first time. It identifies missing links between Cheney and the Halliburton contract awards by the Corps and shows how they lied and cheated Halliburton's competitors. It also reveals why competitors who knew what happened never complained, why procurement fraud and contracting abuse are only going to get worse, and what we have to do to stop it.
"Shock and Awe in Fort Worth" is the first book written from the inside of the government-industry 'secret fraternity.' The author has written proposals that have won billions of dollars of government work, including Bechtel's Iraq civil infrastructure contracts with USAID worth $3.1B. Bestsellers attack the Bush administration from the left; others defend it from the right. This is the first book to present a constructive, nonpartisan examination of the Iraq contracting debacle and a path forward out of the quagmire of contracting abuse. Government dependence on contractors is growing at an alarming rate, while the staff selecting and overseeing them, to ensure hard-earned tax dollars are well spent, has decreased dramatically - over 50% in Defense alone. Every taxpayer needs to read this book!