Manas Fuel Supply Contract Stinks
On 3 November 2010 Subcommittee released a Statement in response to the DOD’s Manas Transit Center Fuel Contract to Mina Corporation. John F. Tierney, Chairman of the Subcommittee, stated that “Although our investigation has not uncovered any underlying corruption in the Manas fuel contract, we did find that the Pentagon and State Department had ignored widespread Kyrgyz public perceptions of contract corruption engendered by a fundamental lack of transparency in the contracting process and Mina Corporation’s operations. Supplying vast quantities of fuel in support of U.S. operations in Afghanistan is an extremely sensitive endeavor with significant political, diplomatic, and geopolitical ramifications; it is not logistics-as-usual. The lesson going forward is that this critical fuel supply contract must have top-level oversight at every step of the way.”
PS. see the full process of the cotract at FBO.
The problem is that last year’s contract was given to the company without a competitive bidding to avoid unspecified "reasons of national security". The November 2010 contract however followed a review of rival offers by different firms. The ugly part of the contracting is that regulations do not require that companies detail their ownership. This is the best example of how transparent the DOD is.