Members of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan were sharply critical of the State Dept’s handling of private contractors in Iraq and questioned whether the agency is prepared to take over responsibility for overseeing contracting in Iraq when the military pulls out in October. Members of the congressionally mandated panel met on June 6 in Washington to hear from the State Dept.’s undersecretary for management, Patrick F. Kennedy. The commission’s co-chairman, Christopher Shays, a former Republican congressman from Connecticut, asked Kennedy why the State Dept. had said it would be too burdensome for State officials to document
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.