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For overseas missions, Defense contractors rely on foreign workers for services like construction and security. Some workers have alleged labor abuses, like wage withholding, despite the government's zero-tolerance policy on forced labor and human trafficking.
Foreign partners buy billions of dollars of defense items and services annually through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program. DOD collects a transportation fee from buyers to cover shipping costs and pay shipping expenses.
U.S. foreign partners buy billions of dollars of defense items and services annually through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program. To transport the items they buy, buyers pay fees that should roughly equal what the U.S. government pays to transport the goods.
Promoting respect for human rights is a U.S. foreign policy goal. The United States includes human rights training when training foreign security forces.
A 2017 law required DOD to evaluate its security cooperation programs, including its human rights training.
The Department of Defense has a program to oversee U.S. military sales to foreign governments. DOD charges foreign government purchasers fees to help cover the cost of its military sales program.
We looked at DOD’s financial oversight of these fees.
Contractors hired under personal services contracts operate like government employees. The federal government reported spending about $1.5 billion on personal services contracts for FYs 2011-2015. The Air Force, Army, Navy, and USAID together were responsible for most of this reported spending.