Back before the winter skies unleashed their fury upon the District, a pair of Ohio Congressman highlighted another win for Kuwait & Gulf Link Transport Company (KGL), the government contractor noted on this blog for owning a truck involved in a tragic traffic accident that killed U.S. Lt. Col. Dominic Baragona.
Reps. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Steve Driehaus (D-OH) have written a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates expressing dismay over a pending non-competitive contract award to KGL, which, in spite of what the court called "indignant and callous" behavior, saw the wrongful death case brought against them by the Baragona family dismissed on the grounds that the courts lacked jurisdiction.
According to the presolicitation notice, "KGL currently provides similar services in the CENTCOM and has been identified as the only source with existing facilities to meet the agency’s requirement." It may well be that KGL has the "existing indoor and outdoor storage space; labor and supporting material(s) to provide distribution services," but it's frustrating to see the Department of Defense do business with a contractor with such a checkered history. Apart from being involved in the Baragona tragedy, Ryan and Driehaus point out that KGL has been blacklisted in India for "human trafficking issues." The fact that the contract is noncompetitive only adds another level of exasperation. At what point will we be willing to stand up and hold contractors accountable for their actions?
-- Bryan Rahija
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