Watchdog: Energy Department skirted rules to pay contractor execs $300G salaries
The top watchdog for the U.S. Energy Department has found repeated examples of the agency overpaying contractors at national labs – with the most recent being a decision to approve exorbitant executive salaries at a cost to taxpayers of up to $3.45 million.Not only are they making well into six figure salaries, they're making this over and above what the US DOE puts as a salary cap. The DOE has these regulations and salary caps in place, and yet on multiple occasions they assigned salaries in excess of the allowed amount to certain contractors - and yet no one seems to care why. These contractors are making salaries that - were they on Wall Street - folks would be jumping up and down about...
The March 22 Office of Inspector General report found the agency awarded the salaries to 10 executives as part of a $2.2 billion environmental cleanup contract in 2011 at the East Tennessee Technology Park, in the city of Oak Ridge.
What a difference ten years makes, eh? When Halliburton was winning contracts under the Bush administration, we knew everything about the nature of their ties to the Bush administration. We were subject to endless rumors about why they were winning contracts; endless Hollywood-fueled speculation over sweetheart deals, Cheney's retirement package, etc. Yet those same voices are curiously silent over a US government agency deliberately ignoring their own rules to pay contracts far in excess of the maximum amount.
I wonder what kind of ties to the Obama administration we'd find if we actually had a free - or at least curious - press?
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