The Bundeswehr Special Forces Command is once again making headlines. Most recently it was about potted ammunition, now the award of contracts for and by the elite troops has fallen into the dark.
Berlin / Bruchsal (dpa) – According to the Ministry of Defense, violations have occurred in the assignment of orders to the Bundeswehr’s Special Forces Command (KSK).
Services and benefits in kind have been ordered from companies for years, but not advertised without good reason, the ministry said when asked. In a random sample of 200 award procedures 97, the contractor’s unique sales proposal was usually falsely claimed. The Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) department confirmed a report from NDR and MDR.
The review for the period between 2014 and 2020 by the Federal Office for Infrastructure, Environmental Protection and Services of the Bundeswehr was initiated, among other things, by information in internal reports. The services ordered by the KSK include training by outside companies, ammunition protection or clothing. Both the KSK in Calw and the Bundeswehr service center in Bruchsal were examined at the beginning of this year. The second interim report on the reforms in the KSK should be sent to the Lower House on Tuesday. The KSK has made headlines more than once, most recently because of the affair over accumulated ammunition.
The Ministry emphasized that there are very narrow limits to the direct award of contracts. If the unique selling point is asserted, the market should be screened for other providers first and this should be documented as well. In many cases this was not the case. Major contracts should have been put out to tender; three comparative offers should have been made for smaller ones. In some cases the Bruchsal authority could also get past the “Handgeld für Kommandeure” (commander’s hand money), in some cases it was involved too late. The service center is now being examined for sufficient staffing: it concerns the assigned posts – that is, the functions – and their staffing. Maybe you should adjust, he said.
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