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Probe: Pentagon Wasted $100M
The Defense Department spent an estimated $100 million for airline tickets that were not used over a six-year period and failed to seek refunds even though the tickets were reimbursable, congressional investigators say.
Congress' General Accounting Office (search) issued the findings in two reports on the Pentagon's lack of control over airline travel, copies of which The Associated Press obtained Tuesday. A prior report, issued last November, found that the Pentagon bought 68,000 first-class or business-class airline seats for employees who should have flown coach.
"At a time when our soldiers are patrolling the streets of Iraq in unarmored Humvees, and when the Bush Administration is asking for record Defense spending, Secretary (Donald H.) Rumsfeld is letting hundreds of millions of dollars that could be used to protect our troops and our country go to waste," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (search), D-Ill., one of three lawmakers who ordered the studies.
The GAO estimated that between 1997 and 2003, the Defense Department bought at least $100 million in tickets that were not used or used only partially by a passenger who did not complete all legs of a flight. The waste went undetected because the department relied on individuals to report the unused tickets.They did not do so.
Originally posted by Seekerof
I know this is going to sound strange, but with the US government, $100 mil. is nothing when it comes to 'waste'. In fact, this is nothing new, and has been happening in varying degrees, for quite sometime.
as quoted by worldwatcher
....don't sugarcoat it....
Originally posted by theRiverGoddess
and Governments can do things like THIS....no biggy.
this is a sick world.
Originally posted by KrazyJethro
What's even sicker, is that people keep trying to push Americans to give MORE money to these jokers so they can "aid the poor", among other things.
Do we really need another extremely wasteful charity?
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
This should not come as a shock to anyone who has followed the gov'ts handling of OUR tax dollars....
It seems like this timeframe coincides with the issuance of the Gov't credit cards( VISA or AMEX or possibly both) issued to every unit (to save money & time by making purchases and requisitions easier with less paperwork), the problem was the checks & balances part of the program wasn't tight enough and the use of the cards was madness, I know because I saw it first hand while serving in the Nat'l Guard.
Originally posted by RANT
If by wasteful charity, you mean the airlines...I agree.
The waste went undetected because the department relied on individuals to report the unused tickets.They did not do so.