Murtha and his nepotism rears its ugly head again. This time it’s his nephew who won some NO-BID contract for the Pentagon:
The headquarters of Murtech, in a low-slung, bland building in a Glen Burnie business park, has its blinds drawn tight and few signs of life. On several days of visits, a handful of cars sit in the parking lot, and no trucks arrive at the 10 loading bays at the back of the building.
Yet last year, Murtech received $4 million in Pentagon work, all of it without competition, for a variety of warehousing and engineering services. With its long corridor of sparsely occupied offices and an unmanned reception area, Murtech’s most striking feature is its owner — Robert C. Murtha Jr., 49. He is the nephew of Rep. John P. Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat who has significant sway over the Defense Department’s spending as chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.
Robert Murtha said he is not at liberty to discuss in detail what his company does, but for four years it has subsisted on defense contracts, according to records and interviews. He said Murtech’s 17 employees “provide necessary logistical support” to Pentagon testing programs that focus on detecting chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, “and that’s about as far as I feel comfortable going.” Giving more details could provide important clues to terrorist plotters, he said.
Yes, 4 million for a 17 employee company isn’t crazy. It’s probably just about right. BUT, winning no-bid contracts for the Pentagon is. If this was some company that provided some kind of highly specialized work then maybe I could see it, but for a warehousing company? And the reason Murtha claims this was possible was because the Pentagon was “in a bind.” Puhlease.
Curious that one of the contracts came via PMA, a lobbying group long associated with John Murtha and now under investigation for influence peddling.