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$19M in Taxpayer Money Spent on Defective Combat Helmets Made by Inmates

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By    |   Thursday, 18 Aug 2016 03:22 PM

An Inspector General's report detailed $19 million in taxpayer money was spent on the recall of 126,000 defective combat helmets made by inmates at a Texas prison, The Washington Times reports.

The government in 2006 awarded a $30 million contract to ArmorSource to manufacture the helmets; ArmorSource subcontracted the work to Federal Prison Industries that employed inmate labor that produced the helmets and other products.

Due to a lack of oversight of the program at the Beaumont, Texas, prison, quality inspectors ran amok, leading to the falsification of quality checks and inspections, among other problems, according to the Times.

The major defects were discovered in 2010.

No soldier was believed injured wearing the defective helmets, and the Texas program has since been shut down, the Times reports.

ArmorSource paid the federal government $3 million to settle a lawsuit over the defective gear.

However, just months after that was announced, ArmorSource was awarded another government contract in 2013, this one for $92 million over two years, again to supply the Army and Marine Corp with helmets, the Times reports.

ArmorSource pinned the blame for the defective helmets on FPI and said it was not subcontracting work on its latest contract.

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