Wartime Contracting Commission to Hear From State Department Official on June 6

Patrick Kennedy, the U.S. undersecretary of state for management, is due to appear on June 6 before the U.S. Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan on Monday. Photo by: U.S. State Department

Patrick Kennedy, the U.S. undersecretary of state for management, is set to testify at a hearing of the U.S. Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan on Monday (June 6) to discuss State Department contracting in U.S. contingency operations.

The hearing comes as the U.S. State Department prepares to boost its presence in Iraq and Afghanistan as the U.S. military begins to withdraw its forces from the two countries.

“We are particularly interested in State’s position on three topics. First, we will review State responses, as we did with Department of Defense and U.S. Agency for International Development witnesses, to the recommendations for contracting reform in our February 2011 second interim report,” Christopher Shays, co-chairman of the commission, said June 2 in a statement.

“Second, we want to revisit the rather cursory treatment of contracting in the departments Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review issued early this year. And third, we want to get a status report on transition issues in Iraq and Afghanistan as they affect State’s mission and its contract-management responsibilities,” he added.

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