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Jun 03, 2008

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K

If you want to uncover a real scam, take a detailed look at the Earned Value Management System itself.
Where does the baseline data come from? How is it developed? Who provides it?
If the contractor uses errant and/or corrupted past data in order to prepare a government cost estimate for an upcoming contract, what do the taxpayers get?
Have any of the contracting officers or price cost analysts working for the government been trained to drill down and truely analyze the baseline data persented by the contractor?
Do you think the contractors don't know that they haven't been trained?
Does anyone who reviews projected costs have any idea of what any type of technical job "should cost"? What are these estimates based on - does anyone know?

This EVM system was developed to allow government contractors to remove as much money as quickly as possible, from the public trough.

When costs magically increase, (this generally starts early in the contract) is the contractor required to fix the problem to bring themselves back on schedule and cost? No. The facade allows the government to provide more dollars. Keeping the dollar burn and the accomplishments in sync (justify expenses) are all that matters. The underlying problems are not fixed. The contractor is not required to "recover" to the original schedule and burn rate. The taxpayer continues to be ripped off.

richard

This is to question why no one is questioning Northrop Grumman Corporation. It has been stated they received hundreds of millions, if not, billions of dollars in aid. Each time I have question where the money was spent the answer changes. The principal parties, the Navy, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Corporation all gives contradictory answers. Millions of these dollars were giving to Northrop on the condition that if they receive insurance money(years) down the road, they would repay which many doubt. Northrop' s seeemingly unconditional free ride on taxpayers dollars is of great concern. The strange part it was reported that at the Navy's request $1.98 billion dollars that was originally intended for FEMA and/or the victims of hurricane Katrina . Yet Northrop in a discrimination suit response stated it had never paid salaries to Northrop Grumman Shibuilding employees. Years after the storm neither the Pentagon, White House, Navy, Elected officials, who
supported giving taxpayers dollars to a billion dollar Los Angeles based Corporation, or Northrop Grumman has given taxpayers an anwser to how the money was used. Taxpayers, Citizens, and Voters should demand anwsers. Please Contact elected officials, especially those in the Gulf Coast States and demand anwsers.

Tom Adams

If you saw the hearing yesterday you know that Sen. McCaskill is the only one on that Committee with balls. I bet Warner sits down to pee, and he was one of the better ones. LM probably says a prayer every night thanking God that this country is run on fear and kickbacks and not on effectiveness and accountability.

I would question if the DCMA was doing their job as the Earned Value Management Executive Agent since 1996 why corrective actions weren't already in place -- after 9 years you might think there could have been substantial savings to the American taxpayer? It appears they didn't take their role as the Executive Agent until very recently.

Calm down chicken little. The document states that it "may" contain proprietary info. I'm no expert, but the released section seems OK other than the fact that it's bad news for LM.

Do you reaslize you have posted a proprietary document on a public website?

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