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Billion Dollar Contract Slips Under DCAA's Radar

More bad news about the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). Despite promises that DCAA is improving management, Pratap Chatterjee at Corp Watch reports that DCAA had missed a billion dollar contract for translators for the U.S. military until they were accosted by the Wartime Contracting Commission:

The company’s costs have not been singled out as questionable or unsupported, but the failure of the government agency to oversee taxpayer money is an indicator of widespread problems and staff shortages at this key military agency.

The article also runs through a history—all-too-familiar for POGO blog readers—of DCAA's problems, which started with mismanagement, but now also include a declining number of audits and plummeting returns for taxpayers on those few audits. You can read more about POGO's concerns about the reform efforts at DCAA here.

By: Mandy Smithberger
investigator, POGO

At the time of publication, Mandy Smithberger was an investigator for the Project On Government Oversight, focusing on Department of the Interior oversight, including oil and gas royalties. Mandy also covered national security.

Topics: Contract Oversight

Related Content: Auditing (DCAA/FCAA), Defense, Inspector General Oversight, Watching the Watchdogs

Authors: Mandy Smithberger

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