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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:55 PM
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Report Says Pentagon Pressured, Intimidated Auditors
Source: Washington Post

Auditors at an oversight agency of the Pentagon were pressured by supervisors to skew their reports on a major defense contractor's work, hiding wrongdoing and charges of overbilling, according to an 80-page report from the Government Accountability Office.

The Defense Contract Audit Agency, which is charged with overseeing contractors for the Defense Department, made an upfront agreement with "a major aerospace company" to limit the scope of work and basis for an audit, the report said.

When the contractor, who is not named in the report, objected to the draft findings of the DCAA audit, managers at the audit agency assigned a new supervisor to the case and threatened the senior auditor with personnel action if "he did not delete findings from the report and change the draft audit opinion to adequate," according to the GAO report.

Supervisors at DCAA attempted to intimidate auditors, prevented them from speaking with GAO investigators and created a "generally abusive work environment," the report said.



Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:04 PM
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1. Shocking!
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:04 PM
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2. Aerospace--That Would Be:
Top 50 Pentagon Contractors for Fiscal Year 1998
CONTRACTOR

1. Lockheed/Martin

2. Boeing

3. Raytheon/Hughes

4. General Dynamics

5. Northrop Grumman


10. TRW, Inc.

11. The Carlyle Group

12. Science Applications International

13. General Electric Company


16. ITT Industries

17. General Electric, PLC



22. DynCorp

23. Standard Missile Company, LLC



25. Rockwell International Corp.



28. Mitre Corporation

32. Aerospace Corporation


Take your pick--my guess would be Lockheed/Martin. Even before the merger, they had an unsavory reputation.


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Plucketeer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:37 PM
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3. What the hey!
It's not their money. Why worry about how it's squandered? :crazy:
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frog92969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:00 PM
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4. Eisenhower tried to tell us these asshats would show up.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:34 PM
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5. Corruption so rampant and usual that it's totally out in the open now . . .!!!
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:06 PM
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6. Yet another sign that a whole lot of people in the Pentagon
need to get fired, tossed out on their asses, and replaced with new people who haven't been sucked into the corruption. x(

We also need a law preventing former pentagon employees from contacting or lobbying the pentagon on behalf of contractors. That would stop a hell of a lot of the corruption by ending some of the incentive for it.
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