Colonel not part of panel that awarded husband’s firm a moving contract
By ERIK SLAVIN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 28, 2007
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — The Army Corps of Engineers Far East District commander is not part of the process that recently granted the company her husband works for a multimillion dollar contract, FED officials said Thursday.
Col. Janice Dombi signed a disqualification statement on Sept. 21, 2004, because her husband, Joseph Dombi, works for CH2M Hill — a U.S. firm that seeks contracts with the U.S. government. She renewed her disqualification on April 26, 2006.
The 10-member panel of U.S. and South Korean officials recently announced that CH2M Hill — along with four South Korean companies — was the “preferred contractor” for a multi-million dollar contract to move U.S. bases from Seoul to the Demilitarized Zone to Camp Humphreys in Pyongtaek.
The relationship touched off a series of stories in South Korean media and two news releases Wednesday from the South Korean Ministry of Defense defending the choice.
“Col. Dombi has been disqualified from participating in any official matter which has an effect on the financial interests of CH2M Hill,” FED spokesman Joe Campbell said in an e-mail query. “She did not select or influence the selection of US members to the Joint … Evaluation Board which recently concluded its deliberations.”
Dombi is out of the country and has been unavailable for comment.
The two governments are now negotiating a contract with the winning group to manage the expansion at Camp Humphreys, which was originally set to finish by the end of 2008. Political opposition and other delays have pushed the date back to a U.S. target date of 2012.
Campbell also said Thursday that Joseph Dombi had not previously worked at FED, as widely reported.
FED officials declined to comment on Dombi’s work history Wednesday, saying a response had not yet been cleared.
A U.S. Military Academy Web page lists Joseph Dombi as a retired Army major; previous reports said he was a lieutenant colonel.