“Waste and her siblings Fraud and Abuse” topic of CWC hearing
Commission probes US war contractor fraud
Mike Kellerman – (Press TV) – Washington – April 25, 2011 -The Commission on Wartime Contracting which has discovered in Afghanistan billions of dollars missing, misspent, or defrauded by private contractors, is now questioning why companies caught cheating the US taxpayer have not been barred from doing business with the government.
Commission members say they’ve now documented war profiteering, false billing, poor management and outright theft of money meant to help the US military fight the Taliban and help the Afghan people rebuild, but no large contractor has been brought to book or disallowed from working for the government…
The Commission is recommending the Obama administration rely less on private contractors, but Gansler and General Accountability Office official Paul Francis in the hotseat said it costs nearly twice as much for government to perform a service as a contractor. But that argument didn’t sit well with Commissioner Ervin who slammed the government’s lack of oversight of contractors….
In fact very few have gone to jail for defrauding the US government in Afghanistan. Paul Wolf a human rights lawyer says no large contractor has been held accountable for cheating the Us taxpayer out of billions….
Gansler and Francis asked Congress to hire more auditors to keep a closer eye on the books admitting that while the Pentagon tries to watch for fraud, it hasn’t the staff to catch all of the contractor crooks. (Click HERE for article)
Witness List (Panel 1):
Jacques Gansler, Ph.D. Undersecretary (Former)
Paul Francis (GAO)
Wartime Contracting Commission: We Expect Results
Lindley Ashline – (GovWin) – April 25, 2011 – The members of the Commission on Wartime Contracting made one thing very clear to the panelists during its latest hearing: Recommendations aren’t good enough. They want results.
The commission, formed in 2007 to investigate fraud and waste in the United States’ wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, held the latest in a series of hearings on the subject today, speaking to the day’s second panel of witnesses, which featured inspectors general and a representative of the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Though it’s difficult to calculate the total cost of waste, fraud and abuse in Iraq — “It’s in the shadows and subject to different interpretations,” said Stuart Bowen, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) — the 350 audits his organization has performed put the figure around 10 percent of total spending, or between five and six billion dollars. Contractors outnumber uniformed soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and were a major focus of the hearing.
The Need for Effective Oversight
The commissioners pulled no punches in their questioning of the panelists’ actions and ideas for solutions to ongoing fraud, waste and abuse. When Daniel Blair, the Defense Department’s Deputy Inspector General for Auditing, explained that he has access to the highest levels of the Department of Defense, but “doesn’t use it for day-to-day audits,” commissioner Clark Kent Ervin retorted, “that doesn’t actually seem effective. ” (Click HERE for article)