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Ms. Sparky aims at KBR, electrifies war-contractor scrutiny with blog

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 12, 2010

Debbie Crawford was playing with her grandson at her Battle Ground home two years ago when she heard a news report on a Green Beret who died in Baghdad. The water pump in his Army shower was not properly grounded, and when he turned the faucet, a jolt of electricity killed him.

Crawford cried, her worst professional fear realized. She went to her laptop and began to type:

“As a licensed electrician who worked for KBR in Iraq for two years, I find this UNACCEPTABLE!!!! How did this happen? Let me give you my opinion from first-hand experience….”

Five weeks later, after a Senate staffer saw her post, Crawford testified before Congress to poor management and poor workmanship by Kellogg, Brown & Root in Iraq, including subcontracting electrical work to locals not skilled to U.S. standards and failing to check electricians credentials.  Read the entire story here

One Response to “Ms. Sparky aims at KBR, electrifies war-contractor scrutiny with blog”

  1. Ms Sparky said

    You asked me how I keep my desk so clean. This how you do it. Just before the reporter shows up you get the laundry basket and CAREFULLY stack all those important notes and files and teeny tiny pieces of paper (you know, the ones with a name and phone number on it that you can’t remember who it is but know if you throw it away you will need it) in it. Then you hide the laundry basket in the coat closet!!

    That’s it in a nutshell. Anyone can do it.

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