A new report from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Stuart W. Bowen Jr., says there were widespread problems on Parsons Corp. projects in Iraq worth $365 million. Although earlier reports from the special inspector general detailed shoddy construction and poor oversight on specific Parsons projects in Iraq, the new study takes a broader look at the Pasadena, Calif.-based company’s reconstruction work there.
The IG report, issued on Jan. 28, said that three of of 11 task orders assigned on the contract were completed successfully. It said the other eight were terminated for reasons that included “a lack of control of subcontractors, poor construction management and supervision, and a lack of cost control.”
In a statement, Parsons said that it “requested clarification and finalization of project scope, realistic funding, and reasonable construction schedules based on the realities we experienced on the ground, but the government frequently dismissed (or ignored) our position.” The firma also pointed out that hostile security conditions made oversight “extremely difficult.”