Wackenhut Services Inc. Comes Under Congressional Scrutiny

WASHINGTON, July 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gregory Friedman , an Investigator General with the Department of Energy, testified today before a congressional committee that Wackenhut Services Inc. (WSI), a subsidiary of Wackenhut/ G4S security...

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), a member of the subcommittee, reintroduced the "Contractors and Federal Spending Accountability Act " (H.R. 3033) with Congressman Ed Towns (D-NY). The bill would create a comprehensive, centralized database to more efficiently monitor the federal procurement system and help protect U.S. taxpayer dollars. "Right now, there is nothing stopping a fraudulent contractor from bouncing from federal agency to federal agency, fleecing U.S. taxpayers the whole way," said Maloney in announcing the bill. "Congress can and should do more to fortify the federal procurement system, and show the door to contractors lining their pockets at the expense of hardworking taxpayers."

Wackenhut has had several recent incidents involving public scrutiny.

At the Oak Ridge Y-12 Savannah River DOE Nuclear Weapons site, there was a near friendly fire incident, falsification of training records and uncompleted physical fitness training, along with overworking security officers among other concerns.

At the Department of Homeland Security Headquarters on our country's southwest border, there was inadequate training that led to confusion regarding the handling of bomb and biological threats, no training for weapons of mass destruction and more.

At the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Tennessee, a mailman posted as a security officer during an inspection, perimeter violations by boaters and bears were discovered, improperly employed applications had criminal records -- including felonies, and there was missing or inadequate equipment for the workers. Additionally, there is an outstanding claim that workers have been shorted more than $3 million in pay since 1999 for violation of the McNamara- O'Hara Service Contract Act of 1965 (SCA) which provides protection to workers employed on federal service contracts.

Valerie Long , SEIU Property Services Division Director, commented, regarding Wackenhut "A number of official findings and worker reports show that Wackenhut has a long track record of wasting government funds, falsifying various records, mistreating their workers, and endangering public safety, Yet they keep getting these government contracts. Increased government scrutiny is welcomed by all who care about our public safety and it appears that congress is now poised to do something about it."

Additional information about these incidents and more can be found on the website http://www.eyeonwackenhut.com .

Wackenhut Services Inc. and Wackenhut are subsidiaries of G4S. G4S, a foreign-owned company has the largest number of employees trading on the London stock exchange.

SEIU is the fastest growing union in North America . Approximately 250,000 SEIU property services workers nationwide clean, maintain, and provide security for commercial office buildings, co-ops, and apartment buildings, as well as public facilities like theaters, stadiums, and airports. Property Services workers are janitors, security officers, maintenance and custodial workers, stadium and arena workers, window cleaners, and other workers who provide important services.

SOURCE Service Employees International Union