Signs of Progress for Tracking Contract Work
It appears that some progress is being made in trying to keep better track of the work contractors do, oversight officials told Congressional leaders this week.
"The Defense Department, State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development are making progress toward better oversight of the contractors they hire," says a story in today's DefenseNews.com
A Pentagon system that tracks jobs, pay and location of contractors hired helps, the witnesses said. That's the good news. Now for the bad -- problems remain.
The tracking system is "by its very nature a bit of a challenge because, as you know, there's no enforcement mechanism," said one defense official. And the system isn't used consistently because of gaps in information.
Take this as an example: A 2006 GAO audit that found the Defense Department was providing free meals to contractors and also gave them a food allowance, resulting in an extra $43 million spent in Iraq that year.
In another case, the GAO found that incomplete data left government officials having to pay take millions of dollars from reconstruction projects in Iraq and Afghanistan and put the money to paying for private security contractors.
It sounds good that at least some tracking has been done. But it sure sounds like there's still plenty of waste out there.
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