Synonyms for dekort or Related words with dekort
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In April 2013,
was featured in the documentary, "War on Whistleblowers".
began working as an engineer at Lockheed Martin in 1994. He was working as a lead system engineer in 2003 when he noticed that the equipment Lockheed Martin was installing in U. S. Coast Guard vessels as part of the Deepwater program was faulty. According to
, he alerted the CEO and Board of Directors of Lockheed Martin, but was ignored and removed from his position as project manager.
then reported the equipment problems to the Department of Homeland Security.
felt that the Coast Guard was failing to cooperate adequately with the DHS. His attempts to alert the "Washington Post" and the Associated Press were unsuccessful.
released a YouTube video on August 3, 2006 detailing the problems with the Deepwater program. The same year,
was laid off from Lockheed Martin. He filed a whistleblower's lawsuit against Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed sum in 2010.
In August 2006, Lockheed engineer Michael
went public with claims that Lockheed's MS2 division had contributed to ICGS's delivery of boats that were unsafe and which did not meet the USCG's requirements.
stated that Lockheed had accepted schedule and cost requirements that were impossible to meet. As result, according to
, Lockheed's MS2 engaged in corner-cutting measures which adversely affected the boat's electronics systems. These issues included camera surveillance blind spots over the bridge, electronic equipment for communications, navigation and sensor systems, that were installed on the outside of the boat, that would not meet extreme weather requirements, the use of hazardous smoke producing cables, and security deficiencies that would cause a compromise of the boat's secure communications systems.
criticized Moosally's testimony, calling it "not correct" in that it had misrepresented the true nature of the issues. In a letter to Representatives Loretta Sanchez and Chris Carney,
stated that in 2004 when he asked to talk to Moosally to explain his concerns about issues with MS2's work on the systems, Moosally had refused to meet with him. The USCG later canceled all further work on upgrading the 110-foot patrol boats, but this was primarily because of problems with hull modernization and extension efforts by Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., a Lockheed subcontractor.
was awarded the Society on Social Implications of Technology’s public service award. As well as the Barus Ethics Award from the IEEE for his efforts to ensure accountability and whistleblowing video. The Barus award was presented by U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.
On May 29, 2009, The DHS IG released a report on the claims and amounts recovered.
responded to this report with a list of additional issues the IG neglected and suggested that the same issues may occur with the NSC.
, a former lead systems engineer at Lockheed Martin for Deepwater, was dissatisfied and concerned with Lockheed Martin's conduct, in particular that of Lockheed executive Fred Moosally. After a series of failed attempts to draw needed attention to a growing problem within the project,
made news headlines for taking a bold approach into corporate whistleblowing by utilizing YouTube. After over a year of investigations, some conducted by congress, the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's office and various members of the press, it appears DeKort's allegations have all been proven to be accurate. Recently news stories have surfaced demonstrating his warning, that significant C4ISR problems will continue on all future ship assets, like the National Security Cutters, appears to be true. A Department of Justice investigation which began in the fall of 2007 is ongoing. In May 2008 the Coast Guard was asked to put aside its $96 million refund request from ICGS so the DoJ and DHS IG could pursue the case themselves. In the summer of 2008 several reports on the Deepwater program—specifically the state of the 123 refund and the NSCs were submitted to congress by the GAO. Relative to the 123s the GAO compiled a list of costs the Coast Guard has incurred as a result of the eight lost patrol boats. These costs add up to well beyond the $96 million refund the Coast Guard requested. Their figures approached $150 million and did not include the residual value of the eight 123s or the $1.3 million for the eight rejected SRPs (Short Range Prosecutors). In another report the GAO acknowledged that the DoJ investigation now included an investigation into the NSC problems as well as the problems associated with 123s.
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