Pentagon Watchdog to Review $400M Border Contract

Headline Roundup December 12th, 2019

A Pentagon watchdog will review a decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to subcontract a Department of Defense job to Fisher Sand and Gravel (FSG), a North Dakota-based company which President Donald Trump has publicly supported. The $400 million contract involves border wall construction.

All reporting outlets focused on Trump's support of the company. Some voices from the left and center made more prominent mention of FSG chief executive Tommy Fisher's donations to the Republican party and repeated appearances on Fox News. When the contract was awarded last week, some voices immediately questioned it.

Pentagon Watchdog to Review $400M Border Contract

From the Left
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WASHINGTON — The Defense Department's internal watchdog plans to review a recent Army Corps of Engineers decision to award a $400 million contract for border wall construction to a North Dakota company that has been publicly and privately endorsed by members of the Trump administration, including the president himself.

The review of the award to Fisher Sand & Gravel is an audit by the Pentagon's inspector general and comes in response to a request by Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security....

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From the Center
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department’s internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job.

The Pentagon’s inspector general sent a letter Thursday to House Homeland Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson telling him the contract awarded to North Dakota-based firm Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. would be audited. Thompson, D-Miss., asked for the review last week, in part over concerns the proposals did not meet operational requirements and prototypes came in late and over...

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From the Right
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Following a request from Democratic lawmakers, the Pentagon’s watchdog will audit a recent Army Corps of Engineers decision to award a $400 million border-wall contract to a North Dakota company that was repeatedly praised by President Trump.

According to NBC News, which reviewed a copy of the letter sent from the Department of Defense (DoD) inspector general to the House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D., Miss.), the audit has been initiated and will be formally announced soon.

Thompson sent a letter to the DoD on December 4...

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