State Dept: “no confidence in the accuracy of payments of more than $1 billion to DynCorp’’ – Boston Globe

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The Boston Globe is reporting this morning in a piece entitled State Dept. miscues in Iraq costly that Dyn Corps. of Falls Church Virginia, just five miles from where I am typing this article right now, may have ripped off the government for over a billion dollars.  We will never know.

That is how these contracting frauds always work.  We never get to know.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“The department repeatedly failed to oversee the contract properly, according to the audit by the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction. The findings also suggest the department remains ill-equipped to watch over the vast amount of US money flowing into Afghanistan.

“I think they need to act quickly to remedy this long-standing concern,’’ the special inspector general, Stuart Bowen, said about the State Department’s shortage of people and resources to oversee work done by the private sector….”

How many working class American kids who are now in the armed forces because there were no other options for them could have attended trade school or college on that money? 

How many of these young people could have had a finer high school experience with more activities funded by the federal government with that money over the past eight years, the money that we will never know was spent correctly?

How many social infrastructure activities could have been funded throughout the country with this money ?  How many lives could have had “quality of life” enhancements with that taxpayer money that is now gone?

How long are we going to allow this to go on?

CWo3 Tom Barnes, USCG (Ret.)

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