June 03, 2008
The multi-billion dollar distribution of U.S.-based international aid grants might be handed over to private contractors, whom the federal government would hire to deliver the funds on its behalf. According to a "sources-sought" document that The Peacock Report (TPR) has located, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is assessing the availability of private companies capable of performing such tasks on a global scale. A former State Dept. staffer, who agreed to be interviewed on condition of anonymity, expressed skepticism that State -- which has jurisdiction over USAID -- had any true intention of competitively awarding such a contract.
"Someone in the State Department or at USAID likely already is planning to leave government service and enter the private sector to get that contract," the source said. "That's just how things are at State. You can be sure that there's an official or a group of officials who are currently making plans to start their own company, use their inside connections to secure the contract, and become millionaires at the expense of the average working stiff."