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GAO: Soaring Use Of Contractors Puts DoD At Risk Of Fraud, Waste

Pentagon spending on goods and services has doubled to $388 billion since 2001, while the defense workforce has remained almost flat, an imbalance that has put "acquisitions at an increased risk of poor outcomes and vulnerability to fraud, waste, and abuse," according to the Government Accountability Office. The risks come...


By Robert O'Harrow | April 28, 2009; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (9)

GAO Flags Pentagon's Weapons Systems Spending

As many in the defense industry are watching closely to see the details of a new budget under Defense Secretary Gates, Gene L. Dodaro - the head of the GAO - reminds us just how much the Pentagon has spent on weapons systems. Dodaro, acting comptroller general of the oversight...


By Sara Goo | February 18, 2009; 07:15 AM ET | Comments (6)

Accountability Profession

Here is today's bonus item, a presentation that was delivered by acting comptroller (the head of GAO) Gene L. Dodaro to the Institute of Internal Auditors' 2008 International Conference last week. It's called "Preparing the Accountability Profession for 21st Century Challenges." Government Inc. found the array of issues facinating....


By Robert O'Harrow | July 14, 2008; 02:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Government Accountability: The Saga Continues

Okay, dear readers, it's no secret that Government Inc. thinks the Government Accountability Office plays an important role in, well, accountability. But today's raft of reports even surprises us, and not just because of the volume. Here below are a few selections that I think are worth reading: For starters,...


By Robert O'Harrow | March 12, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Air Force Procurement

In case you missed it, my colleague Dana Hedgpeth wrote a story Friday about bumps in the way of a $1.2 billion Air Force contract awarded to Boeing to maintain the service's fleet of refueling tankers. Boeing competitor Pemco Aeroplex, of Birmingham, Ala., protested the deal in September, alleging the...


By Robert O'Harrow | January 8, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

The State of GAO

The Government Accountability Office plays a key role as Congress's investigative arm. When the GAO speaks, people listen, or they should anyhow. Though its reports are careful to the point of being bland sometimes, the GAO teams dig deep and work hard to expose fraud, waste and abuse. They...


By Robert O'Harrow | November 15, 2007; 03:43 PM ET | Comments (3)


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