Henry Bunting, a former procurement specialist for the giant, White House-connected company, charges that it failed to seek out competitive bids — enriching itself and costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars extra.
Bunting, who has recently been telling his story to congressional Democrats, says that Halliburton, which has been awarded billions of dollars of contracts for work in Iraq, routinely purchased the most expensive equipment and services on the government’s tab. Bunting claims that Halliburton managers frowned on any attempts to save the military any money. They had no incentive to do so: taxpayers would pick up the cost. In fact, they had an incentive to bill high: the more they spent, the more money their company would make.