Monday, July 04, 2011

Washington Group Int.

Susan Brannon
4 July 2011
Washington Group Int.  (URS 2007 )- Boise, Idaho (previously Morrison-Knudsen Co 1996)
•    Used to be controlled by Richard Blum, a San Francisco investor married to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. URS and Washington Group (Corporation Watch)
•    At the end of 2007, URS (including Washington Group) had a contract backlog worth $19 billion.
•    April 2007 - California Senator Diane Feinstein abruptly resigned her position as the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee (MILCON).
  1. The MILCON subcommittee is in charge of supervising military construction. The committee also oversees "quality of life" issues for veterans, which includes building housing for military families and operating hospitals and clinics for wounded soldiers. 
  2. Senator Feinstein had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum's ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects that were approved by Senator Feinstein. URS Corporation and Perini Corporation owned or operated by her husband. (Ridgecrest)
  3. URS Board of Directors, where we find representatives from Rand Corp., Lockheed (Cohen Group is its lobbying arm), Textron, some CIA fronts (Agilent, VeriSign), and other scurrilous corporations:
  • H. Jesse Arnelle - ... a director of Textron Corporation since 1993 ... a director of Gannett Company [owned in part by BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY] ... a director of Union Pacific and Resources, Inc.; as a director of Wells Fargo and Company; and as a director of Waste Management, Inc. ...
Subsidaries: #
21st Century Rail Corp
Advatech LLC
AGC Woodward Clyde Pty. Ltd
Aman Environmental Construction Inc
Badger Energy Inc
Badger Middle East Inc
Banshee Construction Co Inc
Broadway Insurance Co Ltd
Business Risk Strategies Pty. Ltd
Catalytic Inc
Catalytic Servicios C.A.
Clay Street Properties

Board Members
Armen Der Marderosian - ... Mr. Der Marderosian served as President and Chief Executive Officer of GTE Government Systems Corporation from 1995 to 1999 ...
Lydia H. Kennard - ... served on the Board of Trustees of Rand Corporation since 2002 .
General Joseph W. Ralston - ... Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group since 2003 ... a director of Lockheed Martin since 2003 ... General Ralston's military career began in 1965 and concluded in 2003 when he retired from active duty. General Ralston's military career was highlighted by his service as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. from 1996 to 2000 and Commander, U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO from 2000 to 2003.
John D. Roach - ... a director of VeriSign, Inc. (since July 2007) ...
William P. Sullivan - ... the President and Chief Executive Officer of Agilent Technologies, Inc. ... He served as Agilent's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from March 2002 until March 2005 ... a Director of Agilent since March 2005..
William D. Walsh - Mr. Walsh has served as Chairman of Sequoia Associates LLC, a private investment firm, since 1982
Information from:  A contractors Black List
Stephen G. Hanks Noun 1. Hanks - United States film actor (born in 1956)
Thomas J. Hanks, Tom Hanks
..... Click the link for more information., president and chief executive officer of Washington Group International , announced today that the company is among the first global firms to commit to a World Economic Forum initiative to eliminate bribery.
  • Crime of giving a benefit (e.g., money) in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust (e.g., an official or witness). Accepting a bribe also constitutes a crime.  in business transactions.

  • Washington Group is one of 47 companies from around the world to sign the Partnering Against Corruption -- Principles for Countering Bribery (the "PACI principles") pact that was introduced during a World Economic Forum gathering last week in Davos, Switzerland.
(Subsidiary) EG&G
•    While Johnson was EG&G’s CEO, the firm was acquired by the Carlyle Group, a behemoth investment firm whose executives and investors include former President George H.W. Bush, former Secretary of State James Baker III, and the royal family of Saudi Arabia. Carlyle piad $250 million for EG&G, then sold it three years later in 2002 for double that price.
•    In 2001, President George W. Bush made Johnson the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. In February 2003, Bush appointed Johnson acting Secretary of the Navy.
•    Johnson’s acting Undersecretary Combs was in the meantime reaching out to the owners of Custer Battles, offering to help them win contracts to rebuild Iraq, according to the Wall Street Journal. Custer Battles showed up in Baghdad with no money or staff, but founder Mike Battles boasted of his close GOP relationships (he ran for Congress in Rhode Island with the backing of former GOP chief Haley Barbour).
  1. The firm first won a $16 million contract to get the airport in Baghdad open and running again. Within months, it had several contracts to work in Iraq worth $100 million.
  2. Coalition officials filled a duffel with $2 million, which Custer Battles used as startup capital for the airport contract. (With Johnson)
  3. Whistleblowers and government auditors say it (Custer Battles) used fake invoices to bilk the government of millions, of inflating the true cost of its services and billing the government for services it never provided. (WP
  4. Custer Battles security guards have also been accused of firing at unarmed civilians. They have been accused of crushing a car filled with Iraqi children and adults. They have been accused of unleashing a hail of bullets in a Baghdad hotel, only to discover, when the dust literally settled, that they had been shooting at each other.
•    (2006) second lawsuit named Combs and Johnson as co-defendants, though both men have strenuously denied any wrongdoing. Both lawsuits ultimately were dismissed, relieving Custer Battles of any obligation to repay the United States. (NCI)

The law only allows for whistleblowers to sue for fraud against the U.S. government, and the CPA was technically not a U.S. government entity

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