WASHINGTON â€”Â The Pentagonâ€™s tip private promotion writer in Afghanistan is protesting a detriment of a contractÂ after being paid some-more than $423 million given 2008, annals show.
Leonie Industries mislaid out in behest to SOSi International final month for a Pentagonâ€™s agreement for propaganda. On Nov. 6, Leonie, formed in California, sought to have that preference overturned. Leonie Industries has successfully protested agreement waste in a past and won behind supervision work. A association spokesman, Alfred Soyyar, pronounced in an email that he could not plead a reasons for Leonieâ€™s protest.
â€œBut we have reviewed a preference and trust it is in a best interests of a customer and their goal for a Government to examination several items,â€ Soyyar said.
Leonie has had a uneasy history. Its owners had unsuccessful to compensate their taxes on time, a USA TODAY review found in 2012, and one of a owners mounted a stealth, online debate opposite a paper. The Pentagon called it a “smear campaign” it would not be endure and dangling co-owner CamilleÂ Chidiac from receiving contracts. The troops carried a cessation after Chidiac put his tenure seductiveness in a trust.
Government auditors have questioned a efficacy of a Pentagonâ€™s promotion programs, also famous as information operations. In 2013, a Government Accountability Office found a programs were insufficiently tracked, their impact was misleading and a troops didnâ€™t know if it was targeting a right people with a promotion leaflets, website and broadcasts.
Despite those findings, a Pentagon has spent hundreds of millions on promotion programs, with rise outlays during a tallness of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Military officials contend improved mechanisms are in place now to lane a efficacy of a programs. But after a dump of leaflets progressing this year in Syria, troops officials contend they could not yield measures of a efficacy of a effort, observant it was personal information.
The Pentagonâ€™s rise remuneration to Leonie came in mercantile year 2011 when it gave a association $92 million. The companyâ€™s owners, Chidiac and his sister Rema DuPont, paid $4 million in behind taxes in 2012 after a journal wrote about their delinquency. A association central pronounced after that Leonieâ€™s owners had paid their taxes late since they invested their personal resources to keep a association afloat.
U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat who sits on a Armed Services Committee, championed legislation to forestall a supervision from doing business with contractors who destroy to compensate personal taxes. Issues surrounding Leonie spurred her seductiveness in essay a bill, she said.
â€œThey pennyless a manners and still done divided with $423 million in supervision contracts,” Speier said. “I wish we was astounded that it took this prolonged for a supervision to spin off a income spigot, though itâ€™s about time that they did.â€