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Riza's (other) contract. The Government Accountability Project has more on the Shaha Riza defence contractor moonlighting episode (for the background see this and this). GAP lists 7 open questions about the affair and concludes that "a convergence of unusual facts about the contract issued to Shaha Riza by SAIC raises red flags about the propriety of the arrangement".

Their very sensible questions (PDF) are the following:

1. What were the terms under which Riza was paid by SAIC?

2. Did Riza have a security clearance for this contract? If so, how did she acquire it so quickly, given that she was not a U.S. national?

3. Did the appropriate authorities at the World Bank know that Riza was simultaneously a Bank employee and a consultant for a defense contractor?

4. Why did the Pentagon inquiry into Riza’s SAIC contract, which found her to be “uniquely qualified”, not reference the Department of Defense IG’s report of March ’04, which determined that her contract had been written to fit her skills?

5. How did Paul Wolfowitz communicate to SAIC that Riza should be hired as a subject matter expert?

6. Will there be a new Department of Defense inquiry into the propriety of Wolfowitz’ role in SAIC’s hiring of Shaha Riza in 2003?

7. Who at the World Bank approved her leave and under what circumstances?

Remember this is just one sub-story in the controversies surrounding Wolfowitz, his partner and his appointees. Transparent respect for the Bank's rules is certainly not in evidence here or elsewhere. For my guide to the multiple angles on this affair, see this overview post.

Alex Wilks ~ April 25, 2007

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