US Congress Senate Appropriations Committee Hearings
This hearing to address appropriations for State Department and USAID programs, also addressed the administration of those programs, including the use of private security forces by the Department of State. Since the witnesses did not know the answers to the questions posedabout State Department rules on the use of force and government liability for the tortuous or criminal acts of private contractorsresponses were submitted subsequent to the hearing. This begins on page 38 of the transcript. Many questions are also posed about the USAIDs use of contractors for a variety of services.
This Special Hearing transcript includes a section on private security contractors, including the number of contract employees overall, funding amounts, and responsibility aspects. There is also an in depth discussion of private security contractors in Afghanistan particularly responsibility and outcomes of criminal acts.
A portion of this hearing (beginning on page 133 of the transcript), addressed the investigation and prosecution of misconduct by private security contractors in Iraq. Corruption in Iraq was also discussed.
This Special Hearing (beginning on page 104 of the transcript) addressed deficiencies in the audits conducted by government oversight agencies, including a failure to account for the number of private security contractors operating in Iraq, the breakdown by nationality of security contractors, or the average salary of security contractors in Iraq.