Wartime Contracting Report: We Have Big, Costly Problems
As promised, here's the new report by the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the organization formed by Congress to examine where all the money went.
It's a sad reminder about just how bad the contracting system has been in recent years, and all the billions that have been wasted because of poor oversight, poor planning and plain old corruption.
"The environment in Iraq and Afghanistan has been and continues to be susceptible to waste, fraud, and abuse," the report said.
The report, called "At What Cost? Contingency Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan," contains the interim findings of the commission, which will issue a final report next year. It underscores the gloomy finding about the troubled federal procurement system from a host of other analysis in recent years.
It'll be the subject of a hearing today by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's national security and foreign affairs subcommittee.
Said subcommittee Chairman John F. Tierney:
"A broken contracting system amounts to a broken contract with the American people. The whole point of establishing the Commission on Wartime Contracting was to approach waste, fraud, and abuse from an independent perspective that transcends politics. Our Subcommittee hearing is designed to assess the Commission's progress to date, identify any unwarranted obstacles to its progress, and ensure that they are on the case."
By Robert O'Harrow |
June 9, 2009; 6:31 PM ET
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