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State fires embattled security contractor

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The Project on Government Oversight, which first exposed the antics of a group of State Department security contractors guarding the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, says that contractor, ArmorGroup North America,  has been fired.

In a news release today, POGO announced it obtained a State Department email informing  ArmorGroup’s management that its contract for security services will not be renewed for a fourth year. The department will instead extend the contract for six months while a new contractor is found.

In the news release, which laments the continued use of contractors to provide security, POGO executive director Danielle Brian said:

The State Department seems to be holding this embassy security contractor accountable, but State will need a real culture change before it can provide adequate oversight of these complex and challenging contracts.”

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