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Project on Government Oversight

POGO Concerned DCAA Lacks Resources, Independence to Serve Taxpayer Interests

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September 23, 2009

The Project On Government Oversight continues to be concerned about the Defense Contract Audit Agency's (DCAA) ability to effectively oversee Department of Defense's (DoD) contracts. We are particularly troubled by DCAA Director April Stephenson's testimony that despite the concerns raised by last year's Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, DCAA still only has enough funding to perform 65 percent of the audits they are required to complete.  This raises questions as to whether the Comptroller's office is properly prioritizing resources and support for this agency. This may be due in part to a conflict of mission between the Comptroller's office and DCAA.

“As the Wartime Contracting Commission’s recent report highlights, the DCAA plays an essential role in detecting waste, fraud, and abuse.  But they will only be successful in this mission if they have sufficient independence and resources,” said POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian.

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO’s investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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