Private Investigators Contract for Iraq Terminated
As reported by the Washington Post today, the State Department canceled a contract for eight private investigators to assist U.S. officials in Iraq with “extremely complex and sensitive investigations.”
ABC News reported that the department signed a one-year contract, worth $4.4 million, with privately owned U.S. Investigations Service, taking effect March 1. The deal also called for USIS to provide two translators, as well as a senior police adviser to liaison with Iraqi government officials.
USIS vice president for communications, Michael John stated yesterday that he did not know why the contract was terminated. However the state department made a statement yesterday that the private investigators with USIS were no longer needed “due to the improved security situation [and] the reduction in use-of-force incidents by private security contractors in Iraq.”