Arlington, VA : Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, 
Book — 1 online resource (6 p) : ill.
Unlike other federal agencies, the U.S. Department of State is forbidden by law to select anything but the lowest price and "technically acceptable" offer when awarding contracts to protect its overseas buidlings--even if this means passing up offers from firms offering higher quality and better experience. In contengency operations like those in Iraq and Afghanistan, this prohibition can have negative consequences for seucrity, wartime mission objectives, and American's image. The Commission recommends removing this lowest-price restriction so that State Department contracting officers can--like their counterparts in other government agencies--use their professional judgment to select from the entire continuum of "best value" criteria and make appropriate trade-offs between cost or price and other relevant factors. When American lives and American interests are at stake, quality and experience must be considered along with price. The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan reached this conclusion based on research, travel to Afghanistan, and its September 14, 2009, hearing that focused on recent allegations of misconduct among employees of the State Department's contractor, ArmorGroup North America (AGNA). AGNA, a unit of Wackenhut Services, Inc., contracted to protect the U.S. Embassy and personnel in Kabul, Afghanistan. The company attracted intense media scrutiny when a watchdog group released photos showing AGNA employees in alcoholfueled acts of sexual misconduct and degradation of subordinate staff.