Thursday, May 29, 2008

Pentagon Auditors Cite Scant Staff

Defense Department auditors said they have been unable to oversee tens of billions of dollars in military spending because of manpower shortfalls, leaving the Pentagon “more vulnerable to fraud, waste, and abuse."

The report said the defense budget doubled to $600 billion in fiscal 2007 from $300 billion in fiscal 2000, while the number of auditors essentially remained constant. That left individual auditors responsible for more than $2 billion in defense spending last year, up from the $642 million each auditor had to oversee in 2000. The disconnect between the size of the budget and the number of auditors devoted to monitoring it means large amounts of military spending receive little to no oversight, according to the report.

Wouldn't want to bloat the size of government, would one?

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