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Committee subpoenas former Walter Reed chief

By Kelly Kennedy - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Mar 2, 2007 18:51:46 EST

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has subpoenaed Maj. Gen. George Weightman, who was fired as head of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, after Army officials refused to allow him to testify before the committee Monday.

Read complete coverage of the Walter Reed controversy.

Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and subcommittee Chairman John Tierney asked Weightman to testify about an internal memo that showed privatization of services at Walter Reed could put patient care services… at risk of mission failure.

But Army officials refused to allow Weightman to appear before the committee after he was relieved of command.

The Army was unable to provide a satisfactory explanation for the decision to prevent General Weightman from testifying, committee members said in a statement today.

The committee wants to learn more about a letter written in September by Garrison Commander Peter Garibaldi to Weightman.

The memorandum describes how the Armys decision to privatize support services at Walter Reed Army Medical Center was causing an exodus of highly skilled and experienced personnel, the committees letter states. According to multiple sources, the decision to privatize support services at Walter Reed led to a precipitous drop in support personnel at Walter Reed.

The letter said Walter Reed also awarded a five-year, $120-million contract to IAP Worldwide Services, which is run by Al Neffgen, a former senior Halliburton official.

They also found that more than 300 federal employees providing facilities management services at Walter Reed had drooped to fewer than 60 by Feb. 3, 2007, the day before IAP took over facilities management. IAP replaced the remaining 60 employees with only 50 private workers.

The conditions that have been described at Walter Reed are disgraceful, the letter states. Part of our mission on the Oversight Committee is to investigate what led to the breakdown in services. It would be reprehensible if the deplorable conditions were caused or aggravated by an ideological commitment to privatize government services regardless of the costs to taxpayers and the consequences for wounded soldiers.

The letter said the Defense Department systemically tried to replace federal workers at Walter Reed with private companies for facilities management, patient care and guard duty a process that began in 2000.

But the push to privatize support services there accelerated under President Bushs competitive sourcing initiative, which was launched in 2002, the letter states.

During the year between awarding the contract to IAP and when the company started, skilled government workers apparently began leaving Walter Reed in droves, the letter states. The memorandum also indicates that officials at the highest levels of Walter Reed and the U.S. Army Medical Command were informed about the dangers of privatization, but appeared to do little to prevent them.

The memo signed by Garibaldi requests more federal employees because the hospital mission had grown significantly during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It states that medical command did not concur with their request for more people.

Without favorable consideration of these requests, Garibaldi wrote, Base Operations and patient care services are at risk of mission failure.
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  -Walter Reed was privatized by Halliburton subsidiary appleannie1  Mar-02-07 09:10 PM   #0 
  - Kick and Rec.  Maddy McCall   Mar-02-07 09:11 PM   #1 
  - I listened to ALL the news channels to see if any of them would  Mend   Mar-02-07 09:14 PM   #3 
  - There's really no point to watching it anymore. K & R nt  glitch   Mar-02-07 09:21 PM   #17 
  - 110% with you glitch.  bluerum   Mar-03-07 03:35 PM   #112 
  - CNN did (via C&L):  Cooley Hurd   Mar-03-07 08:06 AM   #73 
  - Lou Dobbs did a piece on it thursday or friday night  dkofos   Mar-03-07 08:29 AM   #77 
  - The Hague?  The Wizard   Mar-03-07 03:05 PM   #110 
  - keith olbermann...  ManOfTheYear   Mar-04-07 09:00 AM   #148 
  - Faux had a lengthy program on it as I was flipping thru...  TankLV   Mar-03-07 07:37 PM   #131 
  - Yes, and don't you know  brer cat   Mar-02-07 09:15 PM   #6 
  - This has the potential to be bigger than Libby's trial. nt  babylonsister   Mar-02-07 09:13 PM   #2 
  - Unfuckingbelievable  SharonRB   Mar-02-07 09:15 PM   #7 
     - hey there...  halobeam   Mar-02-07 09:38 PM   #34 
        - Hi, halo  SharonRB   Mar-02-07 09:59 PM   #40 
        - Wonder what else we don't know  colorado_ufo   Mar-03-07 09:01 AM   #78 
  - So very recommended  Patsy Stone   Mar-02-07 09:14 PM   #4 
  - Are we having a meeting here now?  SharonRB   Mar-02-07 09:16 PM   #10 
     - We are omnipotent!  Patsy Stone   Mar-02-07 09:32 PM   #27 
  - the evil reach of halliburton  NYCALIZ   Mar-02-07 09:15 PM   #5 
  - could be better though  NYCALIZ   Mar-02-07 09:16 PM   #9 
  - Let's not forget--  spindrifter   Mar-02-07 09:16 PM   #8 
  - Amen, Amen, and Amen.  brer cat   Mar-02-07 09:17 PM   #11 
  - I can't even imagine how Rummy would be reacting to all of this  SharonRB   Mar-02-07 09:18 PM   #14 
     - While Gates has acted like a sane person  spindrifter   Mar-02-07 09:30 PM   #25 
        - Gates' demeanor at his press conference today said alot.  Ilsa   Mar-02-07 09:40 PM   #36 
           - If he was so smart he would never have given up  spindrifter   Mar-02-07 10:22 PM   #45 
           - Gates was appointed as the designated spear catcher for W  Rageneau   Mar-06-07 03:21 PM   #173 
  - Remember the Brac closings in 2005?  Sydnie   Mar-02-07 09:17 PM   #12 
  - WOW! Thanks for the reminder: here's another blurb about Brac:  babylonsister   Mar-02-07 09:22 PM   #20 
  - First they feed them  appleannie1   Mar-02-07 09:17 PM   #13 
  - don't forget the contaminated fuel  GreatCaesarsGhost   Mar-02-07 09:33 PM   #29 
  - But, but....  ClintonTyree   Mar-03-07 06:08 AM   #65 
  - Excellent rant....  femrap   Mar-03-07 10:01 AM   #81 
  - Privatization =lower worker wages, lower withholding taxes paid, execs make more, service suffers  havocmom   Mar-03-07 10:43 AM   #85 
  - Glad you feel better, now. I share your frustration with the GOPer base  donkeyotay   Mar-03-07 11:15 AM   #86 
  - Mate. I'd like to agree with you. However, ...  TheMadMonk   Mar-05-07 11:23 PM   #172 
  - A Piece of Reality, So Well Written......  Broadslidin   Mar-03-07 01:30 PM   #93 
  - We can only hope  skepticscott   Mar-03-07 03:50 PM   #114 
  - The Democrats aren't going to do a damn thing to make significant changes  SemperEadem   Mar-04-07 05:16 AM   #146 
  - Being told what to think  truedelphi   Mar-03-07 11:40 PM   #134 
  - The Dominoe's delivery guy has a W sticker on his car here  bearfan454   Mar-04-07 12:48 PM   #154 
  - Very well said...  ManWroteTheBible   Mar-04-07 03:48 PM   #162 
  - bu$hco=WAR PROFITEERS!  Blue State Native   Mar-03-07 01:41 PM   #95 
  - Whoomp THERE IT IS!  Carni   Mar-02-07 09:19 PM   #15 
  - It's almost getting too easy these days...  file83   Mar-03-07 12:06 PM   #90 
     - Don't forget Carlyle Group  Tansy_Gold   Mar-03-07 05:07 PM   #120 
     - Yep! I know! eom  Carni   Mar-04-07 02:54 PM   #161 
  - Privitization  Nite Owl   Mar-02-07 09:21 PM   #16 
  - Greenwald's Documentary "Iraq for Sale"  StClone   Mar-02-07 09:53 PM   #39 
  - Thanks!  Nite Owl   Mar-02-07 10:32 PM   #48 
  - My church is proudly hosting a screening of that this month.  Pacifist Patriot   Mar-03-07 08:27 AM   #76 
  - I've never understood why anyone  ninkasi   Mar-03-07 02:47 PM   #106 
  - I'm not sure why the math is so hard for people to understand  progressive_realist   Mar-03-07 03:41 PM   #113 
  - I just want to know...  JBear   Mar-03-07 06:16 PM   #126 
  - There's something very fishy  Marie26   Mar-04-07 03:06 AM   #140 
  - Their theory  PegDAC   Mar-04-07 06:55 PM   #164 
  - Just more feckless direction from the OVP.  BushDespiser12   Mar-02-07 09:21 PM   #18 
  - K&R  burrowowl   Mar-02-07 09:21 PM   #19 
  - And how much has DICK 'DeadEye' Cheney's  Kansas Wyatt   Mar-02-07 09:23 PM   #21 
  - It is all through the Bush administration He privatized  lovuian   Mar-02-07 09:25 PM   #22 
  - And brother Jebbie did the same rotten privatization schemes in Florida.  seafan   Mar-02-07 10:53 PM   #51 
  - On IAP's website,  Marie26   Mar-04-07 03:09 AM   #141 
  - Yeah.  PegDAC   Mar-04-07 06:52 PM   #163 
  - Gee, I never woulda guessed that!  BlooInBloo   Mar-02-07 09:25 PM   #23 
  - But they didn't mention John Snow.  notadmblnd   Mar-02-07 09:28 PM   #24 
  - Not sure about subsidiary, since I can't find any money exchanged  Patsy Stone   Mar-02-07 09:31 PM   #26 
  - Patsy: IAP Is a Shell ...  CorpGovActivist   Mar-02-07 09:33 PM   #28 
  - As I said  Patsy Stone   Mar-02-07 09:35 PM   #32 
     - You Bet!  CorpGovActivist   Mar-02-07 09:39 PM   #35 
  - Can you say incestuous relationship?  SharonRB   Mar-02-07 10:04 PM   #42 
  - And they're so god damn blatent  ProudDad   Mar-03-07 05:34 PM   #122 
  - K&R  Monkeyman   Mar-02-07 09:34 PM   #30 
  - Original post in LBN:  Ilsa   Mar-02-07 09:34 PM   #31 
  - Just another example  BayCityProgressive   Mar-02-07 09:42 PM   #37 
  - I think there is supposed to be a limit of 4 paragraphs  DemReadingDU   Mar-02-07 10:00 PM   #41 
  - The copyright rule applies to all forums.  Lasher   Mar-03-07 04:08 AM   #62 
  - This should be taken to the streets  TomInTib   Mar-02-07 09:36 PM   #33 
  - Health care can not be about money!  blossomstar   Mar-02-07 09:53 PM   #38 
  - The US is a vulture capitalist society  BayCityProgressive   Mar-02-07 10:06 PM   #43 
  - Exactly.  blossomstar   Mar-02-07 10:24 PM   #46 
  - That wouldn't bother me a bit  ninkasi   Mar-03-07 02:51 PM   #108 
  - Walter Reed is now literally run by vulture capitalists.  Marie26   Mar-04-07 03:22 AM   #143 
     - Strange name: "Cerberus" is the "Hound of Hades"...  CJCRANE   Mar-04-07 03:45 AM   #144 
        - Not very warm & fuzzy  Marie26   Mar-04-07 01:25 PM   #155 
  - Actually that F*CK ray-gun started it here  ProudDad   Mar-03-07 05:40 PM   #123 
  - Privatization was one of the main reasons the military HATED Rumsfeld  Nikki Stone1   Mar-02-07 10:07 PM   #44 
  - Dan Quayle sits on IAP's Board of Directors  cosmicdot   Mar-02-07 10:26 PM   #47 
  - Is it open season on halliburton employees ????  133724   Mar-02-07 10:37 PM   #49 
  - Halliburton ran Walter Reed?  Erika   Mar-02-07 10:53 PM   #52 
     - Company is a competitor of Halliburton, officially  JPZenger   Mar-04-07 09:48 PM   #166 
  - K&R.nt  nam78_two   Mar-02-07 10:37 PM   #50 
  - We've got to get this info out  Erika   Mar-02-07 10:58 PM   #53 
  - k&r. oh my god! n/t  orleans   Mar-02-07 11:25 PM   #54 
  - And the ice contract was renewed after Katrina!  Marie26   Mar-04-07 03:11 AM   #142 
  - They are a black hole of despicable behavior. I don't know how they  Maraya1969   Mar-03-07 12:12 AM   #56 
  - MONEY trumps all! And Power and Greed!  Blue State Native   Mar-03-07 01:45 PM   #96 
  - Every time I think these thieving scum can shock me no longer, they do  Hekate   Mar-03-07 12:33 AM   #57 
  - That's W and his enablers  Erika   Mar-03-07 01:46 AM   #59 
  - k&r  oasis   Mar-03-07 12:38 AM   #58 
  - Kick n/t  AzDar   Mar-03-07 02:21 AM   #60 
  - Privatization is bad, mmmkay?  cui bono   Mar-03-07 03:35 AM   #61 
  - Army Times has been doing good work on this issue--guess they're pissed. nt  bklyncowgirl   Mar-03-07 05:38 AM   #63 
  - Halliburton should be barred and purged from all current and future government business! n/t  bananarepublican   Mar-03-07 05:45 AM   #64 
  - LTTEs must start today in mass. If the press won't cover it, let's do it  MasonJar   Mar-03-07 07:08 AM   #66 
  - What constitutional power do Army officials have  Larry Ogg   Mar-03-07 07:20 AM   #67 
  - Thieving, lying, traitors  Ikonoklast   Mar-03-07 07:24 AM   #68 
  - privatization is happening in many governmental institutions.  rodeodance   Mar-03-07 07:27 AM   #69 
  - republicon crony crooks - stealing from the public, abusing our veterans  SpiralHawk   Mar-03-07 07:27 AM   #70 
  - it's that the Republicans love money  bambino   Mar-03-07 01:55 PM   #98 
  - Sue the rat bastards  formercia   Mar-03-07 07:51 AM   #71 
  - And the right says, "See what government health care will get you?"  Fuzz   Mar-03-07 08:06 AM   #72 
  - Help me here -- doesn't Congress supersede Army authority?  mainer   Mar-03-07 08:08 AM   #74 
  - A little more than a year ago, the GAO declined to hear a protest...  Cooley Hurd   Mar-03-07 08:14 AM   #75 
  - Good find. Seems wanked to me. Maybe the 109th Do-Nothing Congress was doing something.  donkeyotay   Mar-03-07 11:49 AM   #89 
  - Looks like it's time to give somebody a medal of freedom  progressoid   Mar-03-07 09:56 AM   #79 
  - MP Duty at Walter Reed?  NastyDiaper   Mar-03-07 10:00 AM   #80 
  - Whoa... K & R !!!  WillyT   Mar-03-07 10:02 AM   #82 
  - So, the rats, mold and cockroaches go right to the top?  donkeyotay   Mar-03-07 10:18 AM   #83 
  - The republicans screw everything up..  B Calm   Mar-03-07 10:22 AM   #84 
  - why am I not surprised?  robinlynne   Mar-03-07 11:39 AM   #87 
  - So Congress has no oversight of the Army??? Excuse me???  spanone   Mar-03-07 11:41 AM   #88 
  - What a total disgrace!  Uncle Joe   Mar-03-07 12:12 PM   #91 
  - The whole flippin' government is being 'outsourced, read this:  Faux pas   Mar-03-07 12:57 PM   #92 
  - bu$hco doesn't support the Troops, it supports Halliburton, which in turn, screws over the Troops.  Blue State Native   Mar-03-07 01:37 PM   #94 
  - Helliburton should be classified as an organized crime and punished  muntrv   Mar-03-07 01:53 PM   #97 
  - Yes, liquidate all their assets and put it into an account for the Wounded Veterans and AD Military  ShortnFiery   Mar-03-07 02:27 PM   #102 
  - So should the bush administration be also. Impeachment isn't enough!  Blue State Native   Mar-03-07 02:38 PM   #105 
  - This whole Administration should be. nt  Marie26   Mar-04-07 04:06 AM   #145 
  - A systematic destruction of government services....thats  Jim4Wes   Mar-03-07 01:56 PM   #99 
  - Follow the Dots.  appleannie1   Mar-03-07 02:20 PM   #100 
  - This is not just WRMC  nadinbrzezinski   Mar-03-07 02:22 PM   #101 
  - Depraved Indifference to Human Life!  Mme. Defarge   Mar-03-07 02:30 PM   #103 
  - Raiding the cookie jar of gov't services for private benefit. Typical of the Bushies  mnhtnbb   Mar-03-07 02:36 PM   #104 
  - This is a "Feel Good" story!!!!!!!!  sellitman   Mar-03-07 02:49 PM   #107 
  - Walter Reed was privatized by halliburton subsidiary  Truthseeker013   Mar-03-07 03:00 PM   #109 
  - Holy...Fucking...Shit  wryter2000   Mar-03-07 03:10 PM   #111 
  - Oh for the love of God  Botany   Mar-03-07 03:59 PM   #115 
  - Freakin' hypocrites! I hate those Bushits with an undying passion n/t  Anywho6   Mar-03-07 04:03 PM   #116 
  - A-76 comes home to roost.  sofa king   Mar-03-07 04:05 PM   #117 
  - Dick Cheney's place in hell just got a bit hotter n/t  melody   Mar-03-07 04:27 PM   #118 
  - Why is the Pentagon blocking testimony?  Joanne98   Mar-03-07 04:29 PM   #119 
  - I just dropped by DU to play 'catch up."  Janice325   Mar-03-07 05:19 PM   #121 
  - EVERY GOD DAMN one of them  ProudDad   Mar-03-07 05:46 PM   #124 
  - Another privatization catastrophe.  aquart   Mar-03-07 06:13 PM   #125 
  - Your subject line is wrong. IAP is not a Halliburton subsidiary, at least  milkyway   Mar-03-07 06:16 PM   #127 
  - Looking further, IAP is run by John Snow and is actually going after Halliburton contracts.  milkyway   Mar-03-07 06:26 PM   #130 
  - Yes, I caught that too. Also, Dan Quayle is on the Board of Dirs at IAP  Emit   Mar-04-07 01:33 AM   #136 
  - Very secretive  samplegirl   Mar-03-07 06:20 PM   #128 
  - corporate media silent  upi402   Mar-03-07 06:20 PM   #129 
  - Is there ANYTHING that Cheney and the REPUKES haven't destroyed?  TankLV   Mar-03-07 07:40 PM   #132 
  - Halliburton, Kellogg, Brown and Root,  disndat   Mar-03-07 09:57 PM   #133 
  - absolutely dissolved in tears and rage. TIME TO END THEIR RULE!  Shoelace   Mar-04-07 01:16 AM   #135 
  - This is yet another example  DarkTirade   Mar-04-07 01:38 AM   #137 
  - .  me b zola   Mar-04-07 01:43 AM   #138 
  - OK, this disgusting story choked me up. The bastards. ...n/t  herbster   Mar-04-07 01:44 AM   #139 
  - next week-after more details come out,we must all write our papers  w8liftinglady   Mar-04-07 05:39 AM   #147 
  - The 500% downsizing under Bush wasn't good enough for the Hallicronies  Zambero   Mar-04-07 09:01 AM   #149 
  - The actual contract should be reviewed for requirements and compliance  GoldenOldie   Mar-04-07 10:28 AM   #150 
  - Fu*king kill the monsters. Kill them all. It's not beautiful to be raped by predators.  salitine   Mar-04-07 11:09 AM   #151 
  - OK, paranoia aside, what can we do?  salitine   Mar-04-07 12:23 PM   #152 
  - I tried to watch a little CNN last night ("News Watch" or something like that) and...  Up2Late   Mar-04-07 12:42 PM   #153 
  - Yeah, but...but...but...  polmaven   Mar-04-07 01:43 PM   #156 
  - Fucking war profiteers  StefanX   Mar-04-07 01:54 PM   #157 
  - Kicked - and recommended if I could! ("can't recommend a thread after 24 hrs)  The Cleaner   Mar-04-07 01:54 PM   #158 
  - Here's an idea. Ban the uninsured from service.  salitine   Mar-04-07 02:35 PM   #159 
  - I predicted this right here at DU!  Carni   Mar-04-07 02:51 PM   #160 
  - Can we investigate Halliburton NOW?  Canuckistanian   Mar-04-07 08:39 PM   #165 
  - ..  flamin lib   Mar-04-07 11:11 PM   #167 
  - kick  oasis   Mar-04-07 11:35 PM   #168 
  - Absolutely-keep this kicked until tomorrow...  w8liftinglady   Mar-04-07 11:37 PM   #169 
  - WRH = FEMA; "Support The Troops" is a bumper sticker slogan  WhaTHellsgoingonhere   Mar-05-07 12:31 PM   #170 
  - This Screw the VA moment  dogday   Mar-05-07 02:16 PM   #171 
  - kick  bobthedrummer   Mar-06-07 10:18 PM   #174 

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