The no-bid contracts Haliburton received are called "Sole Source" contracts.
I had several of these from NASA, Space Station Program.
A sole source contract is awarded when the government acquires products or services available only from a sole source. In other words, the government only has or knows of a single vendor for the product or service.
Haliburton has a division that provides the unique service of putting out oil well fires.
Another reason was that the USA needed these guys in Iraq yesterday and the often year-long contract process would result in a contract award one year after the need.
posted on 10/29/2004 4:00:41 AM PDT
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Isn't Halliburton the only company that does this sort of work?
posted on 10/29/2004 6:26:41 AM PDT
I believe Halliburton got into this sole-source relationship with the government for a specified period of time, and through a bidding process. The thing is, like you said, the Pentagon doesn't have time to go through a bidding process everytime they need something. So they go through a renewal every five years or so.
And Halliburton admitted they paid more than low bid for the fuel oil. It was from a source that made it safer to deliver, I forget the details. But they were paying for a premium on safety. Something the democrat and bureaucrat pinheads will never understand.
posted on 10/29/2004 10:55:56 AM PDT
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Didn't Halliburton's original no-bid contracts come from the Clinton administration?
posted on 10/29/2004 12:50:57 PM PDT
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