21 August 2010

Xewater Back in the Contracting Game

After a settlement with the State Department, BlackXE-water is once again free to compete for government contracts.

Xe, the private security firm once known as Blackwater, has reached a $42 million settlement with the U.S. State Department over alleged export violations, a State Department official said.
Darby Holladay, a State Department duty officer, said the civil settlement was reached Wednesday for 288 violations between 2003 and 2009, when the company personnel were guarding U.S. staff overseas.
They involve the "unauthorized export" of defense articles and services to "foreign end-users in multiple countries" and "false statements and misrepresentation or omission of material facts in information provided to the department."
Also, Holladay said, there were violations "of provisos or limitations on export licenses."
But the violations, he said, "did not involve sensitive technologies or cause known harm to U.S. national security."
Xe is pleased with the settlement, which will allow it to continue to get government contracts.

By: Brant

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