Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Senate agrees to audit war contracts

by Khadijah Rentas from The Columbia Missourian

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., a former auditor, co-sponsored the initiative introduced in July by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va ... Money mishandling related to the wars has led to investigations that resulted in criminal charges for briberies, kickbacks and money laundering. In July, the House Armed Services Committee heard from Defense Department officials who said the department had 90 ongoing criminal investigations of contractors and government personnel. The department recovered more than $10 million from investigations, according to the report from the principal deputy inspector of the Department of Defense, Thomas Gimble. According to documents presented to the committee by Gimble, all cases of war profiteering and contract corruption originated in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

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