CACI Avoids GSA Death Penalty

The federal government's hiring office decided against barring CACI International ( CAI) from future contracts after reviewing the behavior of company contractors working as interrogators of Iraqi prisoners of war.

The Arlington, Va., company said the Government Services Administration requested additional, unspecified information from the company, but determined that it isn't necessary to "suspend or debar" CACI from future government business.

Previously, the U.S. military cited two men it said were CACI contractors in its probe of prisoner abuse at the Abu Ghraib facility in Iraq. CACI denied its workers or contractors acted illegally in prisoner interrogations and claimed one of the men listed in the report was never an employee of the company.

"CACI does not condone or tolerate illegal acts or behavior on the part of its employees," it said in a June 28 statement. "In the unfortunate event that a CACI employee acted improperly or illegally, CACI will take immediate and appropriate action. To date, however, no CACI employee has been formally charged or indicted by the U.S. government with any wrongdoing, and the company has not discovered any evidence confirming allegations of culpable behavior despite active investigation into the matter."

CACI's stock, which was halted for news briefly, was recently up $3.31, or 8.4%, to $42.67.

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