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We’re Not Impressed with DoD Inspector General’s Lackluster Investigation of Navy Officials

Admiral John Richardson
Admiral John Richardson (Photo: Department of Defense)

Unfortunately we're not surprised to find that the Department of Defense Inspector General did not hold senior Pentagon officials accountable.

The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) wrote the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in June raising concerns that Admiral John Richardson and Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo had improperly lobbied Congress to gain “special” funding for a submarine program. It appears that, yet again, the DoD Inspector General’s Office limited the scope of its inquiry in order to clear Richardson and Tofalo.

It also appears the IG failed to look into how these actions would be a violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act. We hope that the GAO will reconsider issuing a legal opinion in this matter, given the thin review by the DODIG.

Read POGO’s letter to the GAO

By: Danielle Brian
Executive Director, POGO

danielle brian Ms. Brian's areas of expertise include: National Security, Government Oversight, Wasteful Defense Spending, Ethics, Open Government, Whistleblower Issues

Topics: Government Accountability

Related Content: Inspector General Oversight, Department of Defense (DOD)

Authors: Danielle Brian

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