KBR under investigation by SEC over confidentiality statements says lawyer

KBR, one of the nation’s largest government contractors is now being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission after claims surfaced that employees seeking to report fraud had to sign confidentiality statements barring them from disclosing the allegations to anyone, including federal prosecutors and investigators. This, according to a lawyer in a case pending against Halliburton and its former subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root.

Between 2002 and 2011 KBR became the largest American contractor operating in IRaq and Afghanistan winning $40 billion in government work. The case was brought by Harry Barko, former KBR employee who alleged that Halliburton and KBR inflated the costs of services provided to military bases under a multibillion dollar service and supply contract in Iraq.

Halliburton and KBR are both publicly traded companies.

Jeff Newman represents whistleblowers.