Saturday, September 15, 2007

Death and Taxes (and Profits)


This job ad has now been removed from Serco's site.

The position is for a "Personal Effects Specialist" (67 openings available!) who;


“...receives, inventories, sorts, cleans, photographs, packages, and ships to family members (next of kin) all personal effects belonging to military service members and others, including defense contractors, who are killed or severely injured worldwide, especially incident to military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In other words not only do contractors get a guaranteed profit from their "cost-plus" deals with the Pentagon whilst their employees are alive, they charge the expenses of their deaths to the taxpayer too--and make a profit on that!

( hat-tip to Wonkette! for finding the ad--but rather missing the point of the story).

UPDATE:
I wrote a lengthier post on this at NEWSHOGGERS, where Marcie Hascall Clark left a comment with this highly pertinent information...

The Defense Base Act Insurance coverage that each contract company must provide relieves the company of any responsibility of any kind to the employee or their family.The premiums are 10% or more of the employees salary and are included in the contract (taxpayer pays). When an employee is injured or killed the DBA insurance company is reimbursed all medical, repatriation, lost wages, and death benefits they pay out by the Federal Government (taxpayer) plus a 15% admin fee under the War Hazards Act.

4 comments:

teaghan's mom said...

They make this sound like a candy store position, it's almost jovial and that is DISGUSTING. It's as if they are counting on people to die or simply get severly injured so they can create jobs and make more money. They are the true Death Dealers. May they burn in hell.

Targa said...

I had to read this three times to try and wrap my head around it.
What the hell? That's fucking balls right there.
First question that popped into my head: "Is that legal?"
There's a loophole that is being exploited, somewhere.

Carl said...

“...receives, inventories, sorts, cleans, photographs, packages, and ships to family members (next of kin) all personal effects belonging to military service members and others, including defense contractors, who are killed or severely injured worldwide, especially incident to military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

"...Some light typing. Dict 55 WPM"

teaghan's mom said...

so, brit, you've abandoned your blog in favor of newshoggers. are you at least getting paid for your time and efforts? :)