The federal government is offering premium prices, courtesy of your tax dollars, to contractors to take care of Afghan evacuees coming into the U.S.
The Afghans are being housed at four U.S. military installations.
Just one small facet of the operations to house the refugees involves trucking hundreds of thousands of tons of construction aggregate to the military bases.
An invoice shows the federal government is paying $22 a ton for stone and sand aggregate. The same material could be available for $11 to $15 a ton, according to a source involved.
“I guess our federal government can afford to overpay,” commented a contracting official in the chain. “[It] agitates me that the federal government would be paying a premium to accomplish this project because there was a failure of leadership and planning.”
The $110,000 purchase order for 5,000 tons of materials is for one of numerous companies. One company alone is expecting to deliver two such loads a week for more than a month at the premium prices.
The four military installations housing Afghan evacuees are: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, Fort Bliss in Texas, and Fort Lee in Virginia.
Watch a video of the military operation to care for the Afghan refugees below.