|Ranking Member Connolly (left) and Chairman Lankford (right).|
By NICK SCHWELLENBACH
The Chairman and Ranking Member of a House subcommittee on federal procurement expressed anger after holding an oversight hearing on labor trafficking by U.S. government contractors and subcontractors in war zones and other contingency operations.
I represented POGO as one of the witnesses on the first panel of the hearing. One of my co-panelists was David Isenberg, an expert on private military contractors and my co-author on a POGO report on alleged trafficking by a U.S. subcontractor in Iraq.
“These labor practices violate every human value that we have as a country,” said Chairman James Lankford (R-OK) of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations, and Procurement Reform in a written statement.