Welcome Visitor
Fri, Oct 31, 2014
54 members currently online.

McCaskill wants review of counternarcotics contracts following $100 million of improper charges
McCaskill wants review of counternarcotics contracts following $100 million of improper charges

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 3, 2014) — As chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is continuing her investigation into counternarcotics contracts at both the Department of Defense (DOD) and State Department by calling for a thorough review into reports of overpayments of more than $100 million.

McCaskill’s letters to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the State Department Inspector General follow a recent report by the DOD Inspector General finding that Northrop Grumman and its subcontractor DynCorp improperly charged the U.S. Government more than $100 million over six years under a contract to provide counternarcotics services. Like DOD, the State Department has contracts with DynCorp to provide counternarcotics services.

“To ensure that similar overbilling has not occurred under the State Department’s current counternarcotics contracts, I request that your office review the State Department’s current counternarcotics contracts and, if warranted, conduct a thorough audit to determine the existence and extent of overcharges,” McCaskill wrote to the State Department Inspector General.

McCaskill also asked DOD to explain how the overbilling occurred and how DOD plans to recover the improper charges.

Specifically, the report found at least 360 of 460 DynCorp employees did not meet the labor qualifications required by the DOD contract. Additionally, Northrop Grumman charged 215,298 labor hours in excess of eight hours per day from October 2007 through March 2013. The report found that Army Contracting Command contracting officials did not review invoices before approving labor charges.

In 2011, McCaskill released a report finding that federal agencies did not have systems in place to adequately track money spent on more than $3 billion in counternarcotics contracts or evaluate whether those contracts were achieving their goals. The report followed a 2010 hearing on the performance of counternarcotics program contractors, at which neither the State Department nor DOD could provide basic information about the contracts awarded for fighting drug production south of the U.S. border.

Read the letters to both the DOD and State Department HERE and HERE.

Click HERE to read highlights of McCaskill’s fight for stronger accountability in Washington.

Click here to follow the Pulaski County Daily News on Twitter
Click here to follow the Pulaski County Daily News on Facebook


Printer-friendly format



Login and voice your opinion!
Do you know someone else who would like to see this?
Your Email:
Their Email:
Comment:
(Will be included with e-mail)
Secret Code

In the box below, enter the Secret Code exactly as it appears above *


 


Most-viewed
recent articles

**EDITORIAL:** Stay alert to OPSEC on social media (2266 Views)
Massive SWAT team response to strip club justified by armed bikers, sheriff says (1382 Views)
'After Dark' strip club owner charged with possessing cow drugs (1179 Views)
Drunk dad wrapped his infant son "burrito" style in bedclothes before his death, St. Robert police say (1103 Views)
Late night raid on strip club nets multiple arrests (902 Views)
Public Facilities Advisory Board OKs $238,000 Bales Construction bid (761 Views)
Baby dies in Norvi Apartments; father tased, then arrested on unrelated warrants (632 Views)
Some businesses find new quarters after St. Robert fire (499 Views)
Burned St. Robert shopping center must be demolished (470 Views)
Commissioners upset by prevailing wage costs to county (393 Views)