The US Department of Defense is reviewing contracting data stored in the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) after a series of clerical errors in the classification of some contracts came to light.
The mix-ups, involving military contracts worth about $1.4 billion overall, wrongly classified the place of performance (PoP) by listing the work as being done in foreign countries when, in fact, the jobs were carried out in the United States. The source of the problem was classification codes: some US states and foreign countries share the same two-letter designation. Texas and Turkmenistan, for example, are both known in the FPDS system as TX.
The FPDS is a publicly available online database of US government contracts worth more than $3,000.
A EurasiaNet.org investigation earlier in July uncovered inaccurate FPDS data in a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report published in May, titled Department of Defense Contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq: Background and Analysis.
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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based reporter specializing in Central Asian affairs.