Report Finds Wartime Contracting Problems Widespread, Costly
Let's file this one in the "You don't say?" folder.
"The Defense Department has failed to provide adequate oversight over tens of billions of dollars in contracts to support military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, says a new report by an independent commission investigating waste and fraud in wartime spending."
You name the problem and it's apparently documented by the report. Poor management. Weak oversight. And much waste. This according to a story by the Associated Press, which obtained an early copy of the report.
"One example of wasted money cited by the commission involves construction of a $30 million dining facility at a U.S. base in Iraq scheduled to be completed Dec. 25. The decision to build it was based on bad planning and botched paperwork. Yet the project is too far along to stop, making the mess hall a future monument to the waste and inefficiency plaguing the war effort."
Oh my. It doesn't stop. We'll deliver more when the report is formally released on Wednesday.
By Robert O'Harrow |
June 8, 2009; 2:56 PM ET
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