Improper Payments

The Pentagon's Inspector General's Office has concluded that the very busy Defense Logistics Agency too often has no way of knowing whether it is paying contractors too much.

Not many taxpayers know much about the DLA, but the agency spends a lot of their money, more than $35 billion in 2006. An IG examination found that the DLA contracts it reviewed often overspent, to the tune of $93 million that year.

That was partly because the DLA didn't follow proper procedures to keep track of the money and report overpayments.

"DLA did not have effective internal controls over the identification and reporting of DLA improper payments," the audit said.

"DLA did not provide information on its improper payments in its FY 2006 financial statements, did not respond to a survey DoD used to collect information about improper payments, and did not perform risk assessments related to the susceptibility of DLA programs to significant improper payments," the audit said. "These conditions existed because DLA did not establish a process to identify and report on improper payments related to contractor and vendor payments and analyze payments by DLA program."

Uh, right. Let's see: They're going to spend $35 billion a year and not have a way to make sure they're sending out the right amount of money?

They're kidding, right? Somebody, please explain.

By Robert O'Harrow |  June 5, 2008; 11:58 AM ET
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Isn't this typical of everything Bush has done in his lifetime. Bought his way thru college; bought his way out of military service; bought his reputation as a "strong leader" through his "mission accomplished" self-aggrandizement. And the list goes on.........and on. How fitting that his final year in office will be one of failures in his appointments, in protecting the environment, in mobilizing for the disaster in New Orleans; in protecting malfeasance in the Florida election. At this is the short list!

Posted by: | June 6, 2008 4:31 PM

Put this article together with the RNC embezzlement scandal and the outcome is somewhat amusing. Apparently, healthy bookkeeping and accountability is an inherent flaw within the republican party. But what gets me is, the RNC has insurance to cover their losses and we don't. The FBI left no stone unturned to restore justice and tracked the RNC's misappropriated funds to the culprits, but do American taxpayers enjoy the same level of protection?

Posted by: Gabby | June 13, 2008 2:37 PM

DLA not tracking where the money goes? Money overspent. Let us first seek accountability from those who run the DLA. Then get someone else. Then hire someone who is competent to manage money....not someone who can do this only if they have more money.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 18, 2008 9:30 AM

Corruption, in varying degrees, has become the normal way of doing business by many of our elected officials and "you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" political appointees. Since the actual selection of our presidents, congress persons, and senators have been taken away from the people and put in the hands of a select group of so-called pundits and super delegates, this country has shown not only its ignorance but its stupidity. Incidents of the last 12 to 18 months have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that colusion is rampant in our electeds and appointeds, and they aren't even making a decent effort to hide it. Thievery and chicanery is not what I dedicated my adult life to. It's not what the citizens of the United States deserve. DLA should be ashamed...they aren't though. They'll lay low for a while and the crap will crank up again. No wonder our economy and its related attachments are screwed up. The 'deep pockets' and 'fat wallets' are still going to have their party conventions even though we know who the presidential candidates for each big party are. There is no profit to be made in us, just those with access to 'back room deals', great loan rates to swap, and corporate America. I look forward to watching the next 10 years... I'm sure there will be no surprises, just more, and probably worse, of the same.
With a sense of foreboding, I remain,
Sergeant Major

Posted by: awahili | June 19, 2008 1:41 PM

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