Contracting Iraq : an analysis of SIGIR's data
Metcalf, Andrew J.
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Private military contractors are a contentious debate in the field of Security Studies. When contractors fail to meet government expectations, the government experiences tremendous waste, fraud, and abuse. This paper develops a study of government contracts using the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) audit reports, and sets two hypotheses and 14 sub-hypotheses in order to determine who and what are responsible for contract failure. By sifting through SIGIR's data, the study identified the principle reasons for contract failure in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The data shows that both the United States government and contracting firms are to blame for contracting failure. Furthermore, the results show that with an improvement in government oversight, contract administration, contract specificity, and contractor vetting, the United States will not only improve the contract system but also reduce contract failure.
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