Shea-Porter Calls for Increased Accountability During Armed Services Committee Hearing

Supports Promoting U.S. Security Interests Without Wasting Taxpayer Dollars

Washington, DC – During an Armed Services Committee Hearing today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter called for increased accountability for contract abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan, and asked Stuart Bowen, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction about indictments for those who have been involved in contract abuse. The Inspector General said that there are currently 15 indictments and 77 open cases regarding contract abuse. Congresswoman Shea-Porter also drew attention to the security implications of using contractors, who are not from Iraq and are also non-English speaking, to guard U.S. bases. Shea-Porter has a strong record of seeking to protect our service members from contractors who might endanger their health and safety.


Shea-Porter, who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, heard testimony from Stuart W. Bowen, Jr., Major General Arnold Fields, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, and Ms. Jacquelyn Williams-Bridgers, Managing Director, International Affairs and Trade, U.S. Government Accountability Office.


The hearing, which was titled, “Effective Counterinsurgency: How the Use and Misuse of Reconstruction Funding Affects the War Effort in Iraq and Afghanistan,” focused on whether the Department of Defense is ensuring that there is adequate oversight regarding U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, and whether these efforts will promote U.S. national security interests without wasting taxpayer dollars.


*Please note that Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s questions are asked at time frame 01:22:33 in the video.