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Unlimited Talk, Only $679 Million: Inside the No-Bid Deal for Afghan Interpreters

Unlimited Talk, Only $679 Million: Inside the No-Bid Deal for Afghan Interpreters By Noah Shactman 12 May 2010 Earlier this week, the U.S. Army handed the Columbus, Ohio, company [Mission Essential Personnel] a one-year, no-bid $679 million extension of its current contract to field a small city’s worth of translators to help out American forces in Afghanistan. Not bad for a company that’s been accused of everything from abandoning wounded employees to sending out-of-shape interpreters to the front lines. MEP vigorously rejects the charges. ...[W]ith this new "indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity with cost-plus-award fee" contract extension, MEP is guaranteed another year as the dominant player in the translation market there.