Statement of Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project On Government Oversight:
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.
Follow the link to read POGO’s letter to the GAO.