Beltz Newtech specializes in roofing, exterior commercial painting and even does some waterproofing. Beltz said he started the company 30 years ago after working as a school teacher and operates it with his wife, Karen, who is the company's vice president.
Beltz told the Center for Public Integrity he was unaware that the Pentagon reports his company as the recipient of a $245 million, cost plus contract that calls for working on large blast thermal simulators while providing "nuclear effects services" at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
"I guess they made some type of mistake," Beltz told the Center. "Either that or they got me mixed up with another company."
Beltz's contract listing by the Department of Defense is indeed a case of mistaken identity—one of hundreds of errors the Center found while going through the Pentagon's database of awarded contracts.
A Center analysis of the Defense contracts database found there have been more than 2.2 million records entered during the past six years detailing more than $900 billion in Pentagon spending. But these records often have minor errors that are attributable to the Defense Department's antiquated system that was set up decades ago.
In the case of Beltz's company, the Pentagon confused the small roofing contractor with the New Mexico Technology Group, LLC, which is located on an Army base in White Sands, N.M., rather than in a house near a golf course in Hilton Head, S.C. But both companies do share similar shortened company names: Newtech and Newtec, respectively.
The case of mistaken identity was repeated 100 times during the course of four years, and the Pentagon listed Beltz Newtech, rather than New Mexico Technology Group, as winning more than $200 million of contracts.