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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 12:14 AM
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48. Somehow I suspect the Bush -Cheney-Rumsfeld DOD IG will not likely
Edited on Fri Aug-04-06 12:20 AM by chill_wind
issue any report that contends that the Bush admin's many officials have been lying. I don't know how they will reconcile and fix the findings, but I fear they will feel rather compelled to *fix* them.

May 22, 2001

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
The Pentagon, Room 3E880
Washington, D.C. 20301

Dear Mr. Secretary:

I am writing to inform you that I am conducting an oversight investigation of allegations that 12 to 15 officials in the Inspector General's (IG) office tampered with audit materials to alter the outcome of a Peer Review required by law. This is a major integrity violation.

The exposure of the scheme by a whistle blower has left the IG in an untenable position. The IG's office has lost its accreditation as a government audit authority. In view of its oversight responsibility for the government's largest contracting operation, this unfortunate situation must be corrected immediately. A new Peer Review must be conducted with the hope that the IG will earn a "clean" opinion. Until that happens, billions of tax dollars will be vulnerable to theft and fraud.

(long letter)

Mr. Secretary, it's a very sad day indeed when the watchdog gets caught cheating.
If the IG can't be trusted, then we are in trouble. Who can we trust? This unfortunate episode puts a dark cloud over the entire IG community. What we need to do now is be certain we understand exactly what happened and make certain that those responsible are held accountable. In doing that, my hope is this will never happen again.

As I proceed with my oversight investigation, I would appreciate your cooperation and support.



Charles E. Grassley Chairman

Copies to: Armed Services Comm

I'd love to be wrong about another case of the DOD government pretending to investigate itself..
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