Defense Contracting in Iraq: Issues and Options for Congress [Updated May 21, 2008] [open pdf - 185KB]
From the Summary: "This report examines logistical support contracts for troop support services in Iraq primarily administered through the U.S. Army's Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP). LOGCAP is an initiative designed to manage the use of civilian contractors that perform services during times of war and other military mobilizations. It provides for the awarding of contingency, or bridging contracts, as well as the inclusion of contingency clauses in peacetime contracts. In June 2007 the Army Sustainment Command (ASC) awarded LOGCAP IV contracts to three companies - DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, TX; Fluor Intercontinental, Inc, Greenville, SC; and KBR, Houston, TX, through a full and open competition. The losing companies filed protests with the Government Accountability Office (GAO). GAO sustained the protests on October 5, 2007 and as a result the Army reopened the competition. On April 18, 2008, DOD announced that the Army had settled the competition and re-awarded contracts to the original three companies. The LOGCAP IV contract calls for the three companies to compete for task orders; each company may be awarded up to $5 billion for troop support services per year, the Army could award a maximum annual value of $15 billion, and the maximum contract value was $150 billion. […] Additional legislative initiatives could if enacted impact defense contracting. [...] This report will be updated as warranted."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33834