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Oversight Committee Panel Assembles Who's Who of Reconstruction
01/31/2007 1:03 PM ET
Former Viceroy Paul Bremer, Blackwater Owner Erik Prince and many others have been called to testify in front of the Democratic Staff Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in their hearings on Waste, Fraud, and Abuse.

Day One, on Tuesday, February 6th, promises to be interesting with Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, the former Administrator for the Coalition Provisional Authority headlining, followed by Stuart W. Bowen, Jr., Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Ambassador Timothy Carney, Coordinator for Economic Transition in Iraq, U.S. Department of State and David Oliver the money man for the CPA.

Day Two is when the fireworks should begin. For the first time (if they appear) Erik Prince will be on the program with the families of the four former employees were were killed in Fallajuh. The families are also part of a well publicized legal action against Blackwater)

Days Three and Four won't have the impact or drama but the Democrats are sending a clear message that they are the new sheriff in town.

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform U.S. House of Representatives Hearings on Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

Description: The topic of the hearing will be the United States' involvement in Iraq reconstruction. Ambassador Paul Bremer will testify for the first time since leaving as head of the U.S.-run Coalition Provisional Authority. He will testify about Iraq reconstruction and answer questions about an audit report issued on January 30, 2005, by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction that concluded that more than $8.8 billion in cash under the CPA's control was dispersed without adequate financial controls or accountability. Ambassador Bremer will also be asked to respond to allegations that the CPA filled positions with unqualified staff who were politically connected. Invited Witnesses: Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, Former Administrator, Coalition Provisional Authority Stuart W. Bowen, Jr., Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Ambassador Timothy Carney, Coordinator for Economic, Transition in Iraq. U.S. Department of State

David Oliver, Former Advisor, Iraq Ministry of Finance, Former Director of Management and Budget, Coalition Provisional Authority

Day 2 Wednesday, February 7, 2007, 10:00 a.m. 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

Hearing Title: Iraqi Reconstruction: Reliance on Private Military Contractors and Status Report

Description: The topic of the hearing will be oversight of contractors engaged in Iraq reconstruction, with a particular emphasis on private security contractors. Family members of four Blackwater employees killed in Fallujah will testify about what they view as the company's alleged failure to provide armored vehicles and other critical safety equipment. The Committee will also examine in detail Blackwater's security operations in Iraq under multiple layers of contracts and subcontracts that compound costs to the taxpayer. In addition, nonpartisan auditors from the Pentagon and the Government Accountability Office will give a broad overview of progress in key reconstruction sectors and detail billions of dollars in questioned costs.

Invited Witnesses: PANEL ONE - AUDITORS

David Walker, Comptroller General, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Stuart W. Bowen, Jr., Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction

William Reed, Director, Defense Contract Audit Agency


Kristal Batalona, Daughter of Blackwater Employee Wesley Batalona

Kathryn Helvenston-Wettengel, Mother of Blackwater Employee Stephen Helvenston

Rhonda Teague, Wife of Blackwater Employee Michael Teague

Donna Zovko, Mother of Blackwater Employee Jerry Zovko


Erik Prince, Chairman, Blackwater, USA

Richard Cousins, Chief Executive, ESS / Compass Group

Jameel A.E. Al Sane, Chairman, Regency Hotel & Hospital Company

William P. Utt, President and Chief Executive Officer, KBR, Inc.

Alan L. Boeckman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fluor Corporation

Tina Ballard, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Procurement, Department of the Army


Wounded Warrior Project