Pentagon Cited For Weak Oversight Of Contractors In Iraq
The Pentagon is not providing adequate oversight of private companies that support American military operations in Iraq, according to a report issued last week by the Government Accountability Office.
This shouldn't be a surprise for close watchers of the Bush Administration, which in spite of spin to the contrary has proven to be among the least fiscally sound governments in American history.
Because of a shortage of managers on the front lines to oversee contractor support, there is no accountability or assurance that the military is getting the services it has paid for.
Amazingly, the Pentagon does not know how many contractors currently are working in Iraq and living on the American bases that have sprung up around the country, the GAO noted. The Army admitted in October that it was struggling to complete a census of the contractors used in Iraq, and that its data would ultimately not meet the standards requested by the Office of Management and Budget.