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McCaskill Statement on Wartime Contracting Commission report

August 30, 2011

KANSAS CITY - U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill released the following statement after reviewing the U.S. Commission on Wartime Contracting's final report to Congress. For McCaskill, a former state auditor, this marks the fulfillment of a promise made in 2007 to crack down on waste, fraud, and abuse, and create a commission to provide a blueprint for a way forward. The Commission was created through legislation spearheaded by McCaskill and U.S. Senator Jim Webb; it passed with broad bipartisan support.

The report summarizes the Commission's work since 2008 and provides 15 recommendations for Congress and the Executive Branch to improve the management and oversight of contingency contracts. The Commission found that at least $31 billion and as much as $60 billion has been wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan to date and that much more will be wasted in the future without significant changes to the way the government plans, awards, and oversees contracts.

"It is shocking that the Commission found such rampant waste, fraud, and abuse in government contracting. It is disgusting to think that nearly a third of the billions and billions we spent on contracting was wasted or used for fraud. This modern-day Truman Committee gets to the bottom of some of the worst abuses of American tax dollars and has succeeded in capturing the scope of contracting failures in Iraq and Afghanistan. It offers a roadmap for bringing accountability to government contracts and rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars. I applaud the Commission for their thorough, comprehensive, and bipartisan review and I plan to begin working immediately to implement their recommendations. We cannot repeat these mistakes The American people deserve better."

Shortly after taking office, McCaskill teamed up with Webb (Va.) in 2007 to establish an independent, bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting modeled after the "Truman Committee" which investigated government waste and fraud during World War II.

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