Pentagon IG Report Finds Problems with Air Force Contract

The Pentagon's Inspector General found problems in an Air Force acquisition problem that sound all too familiar.

According to the IG's recent report on the Second Generation Wireless Local Area Network, the program's management office failed to properly plan, manage and figure out the program's final cost.

The report goes on to say that the second generation contracting officer "did not implement internal controls."

And there's more.

The report says, "She potentially limited competition, accepted supplies and services valued at $38.1 million that were not inspected for quality or quantity by a Government representative, approved nearly $798,300 in potential overcharges for contractor travel costs, and did not ensure the task order was fully funded at award."

The project management office "incorrectly funded $4.3 million of the task order with procurement funds rather than research, development, test and evaluation funds and funded $143.3 million in modifications with incorrect" funds.

It sounds like lots of mistakes were made on this one. Too bad.

--Dana Hedgpeth

By Sara Goo |  January 23, 2009; 7:59 AM ET Inspectors General , defense
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All that was needed was a trip to the Apple Store for their "over priced" equipment that probably would have saved millions.

Posted by: KHMJr | January 23, 2009 12:23 PM

This is certainly not news concerning our Air Force. These zealous overspenders, along with their brothers in the other armed services, have been wasting taxpayer bucks for decades. Why would anyone expect them to stop now? There surely must be some civilian oversight into military spending, but whoever was watching this one has been asleep on the job and needs to be fired with no chance of ever getting another government job.

Posted by: surfer-joe | January 23, 2009 3:12 PM

Geez, the Pentagon GAO found through an investigation that the Air Force overspent on a contract. In my opinion, is was the Pentagon that overspent on an investigation into something that most people already know. How much additional money was wasted on the investigation?

Posted by: jifler2004 | January 24, 2009 3:22 AM

What is interesting about the Hedgpeth summary is that it almost entirely focused on government mistakes, rather than the usual slams at an offending, nonperforming contractor. So the government is the greater devil this time, it seems. It would be helpful to name the contractor(s) involved. They are in the report, but you gotta read it to find out. As with a movie, I won't cite them so as not to ruin the suspense. One of the strange attributes of IG reports in general is that they usually make it hard to discover contractor names. They should be bannered on every audit that concerns contractors, whether the government is the greater devil in the piece or not. A corollary is that the heroic, or bungling, government officials should also be named.

Posted by: axolotl | January 24, 2009 7:35 AM

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