In a 5 p.m. press release yesterday, the DoD announced that Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root Services has been given $15 million for "disaster recovery efforts in response to the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Wilma." This is a supplement to an existing Navy contract for disaster clean-up and home rebuilding.

The DoD press release describes this as a "cost reimbursement, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity emergency construction capabilities contract," although "the total contract amount is not to exceed $500,000,000." That'll keep them on a tight leash.

This announcement hits the news cycle the same day that Sen. John Ensign, R-NV, promised to hold formal hearings into Halliburton's contract abuses in Iraq sometime in December.