The congressionally authorized Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction on Jan. 13 released a final audit of southern Iraqi oil-sector reconstruction by Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. KBR was working under a competitive, $1.2-billion-maximum contract awarded in January 2004. Due to modifications, often for government convenience, the end cost was $722.3 million. The audit says a lack of security, as well as poor pre-war maintenance by the Iraqis, drove up task-order costs. It says although the Iraqi government now has better facilities than before the war, “it is likely” the value of
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.