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Warren seeks info on Booz Allen, BCG and Deloitte's Saudi Arabia ties

November 15, 2018 at 11:49 AM

In a letter sent yesterday to three companies, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) seeks information on the firms' consulting services contracts with Saudi Arabia as well as the role of past and present Trump administration officials in negotiating those deals.

The letter, first reported by Bloomberg, was sent to the chief executives of Booz Allen Hamilton, Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte.

Warren says the firms must “be transparent about their services to the Saudi government” in the wake of the alleged government-directed murder of U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi.

She notes there are reports Booz Allen advises the Saudi army, while BCG won a contract to overhaul procurement systems for the country. Deloitte, Warren writes, appears to be participating in the Saudi government's Vision 2030 effort.

“The government of Saudi Arabia brutally silences critics, including Jamal Khashoggi, and continues to engage in a bombing campaign in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians, brought millions to the brink of starvation, and sparked near-worldwide condemnation,” she continues. “Given the Kingdom's recent actions, your firms' continued business relationships with this government appear to be inconsistent not only with American values but with your stated principles.”

Warren asks the three companies to detail their consulting services contracts with the Saudi government and the payments they've received; to provide all reports produced under those contracts; to describe whether any past or present Trump administration officials were involved in those contracts; to explain whether they expect to continue working with the Saudi government; to detail how they decide which governments to accept as clients; and to explain company risk management processes.

She sets Nov. 30 as a deadline for responses.

A Booz Allen spokeswoman told Inside Defense the company has received the letter and is “reviewing it.” BCG and Deloitte did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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