CACI wins more interrogation work

CACI International Inc. won a $15.3 million contract for intelligence support services in Iraq, the Army said.

CACI has been providing intelligence support, or interrogation services to the Army in Iraq under an Interior Department contract for information technology products that was issued Aug. 14, 2003.

The work for the new contract is expected to be completed by Nov. 30.

Jody Brown, CACI's vice president of public relations, referred a request for information about the new award to the Army.

CACI's work in Iraq had been investigated by the Army and other government agencies earlier this year after the Arlington, Va., company was implicated in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal and had provided interrogation services under the IT contract vehicle.

An Army inspector general's report on prisoner abuse by the U.S. military found that 11 of the 31 interrogators provided by CACI in Iraq had not received formal training in military interrogation methods and policies.

But the July 21 report said the 11 interrogators had received similar training in previous occupations in related military or civilian positions. The remaining 20 had previous experience as Army or Marine Corps interrogators, and had received training in military interrogation techniques and procedures at that time.

The report also concluded that CACI met the military's statement of work, which did not require military interrogation training as a prerequisite for employment.

The Interior Department's inspector general also investigated CACI and issued a report last month on the misuse of military IT and logistics contracts to pay for interrogators and intelligence gathering.

Under its contract for interrogation services in Iraq, CACI has 11 task orders valued at $66 million. The company has supplied a total of 31 interrogators in Iraq since the contract was issued, according to the Army inspector general's report.

The new contract was awarded by the Army because the Interior Department said it would not issue contract extensions for the work and was considering suspending the contract because it was out of scope, The Washington Post reported.

Based in Arlington, Va., CACI employs 9,400 people and had 2003 revenue of $843.1 million. It is No. 17 on Washington Technology's 2004 Top 100 list of federal prime contractors.

(This article was updated Aug. 11.)

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