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Woman Whistleblower on Halliburton Contract Demoted

Bunnatine Greenhouse, a top African-American woman in the Army Corps of Engineers who was an outspoken critic of the US government’s no-bid contract with Halliburton for work in Iraq, was removed from her position effective Saturday. She had been in the Senior Executive Service in the Army Corps, the highest rank for civilians, until she was informed a month ago that she was being removed from her position due to poor performance reviews, according to the Washington Post. Greenhouse’s lawyer called the demotion an “obvious reprisal” for her outspoken criticism of the Army’s decision to award a no-bid, more than $10 billion contract to a Halliburton subsidiary, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) for work in Iraq, according to the New York Times.

“I can unequivocally state that the abuse related to contracts awarded to KBR represents the most blatant and improper abuse I have witnessed” in her 20 years working on government contracts, she said at a forum held on Capitol Hill, according to the Post.

Sources:

Washington Post 8/29/05; New York Times 8/29/05

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