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Citing Mismanagement Reports, McCaskill Demands Answers on POW/MIA Recovery Efforts

Chairman of Financial & Contracting Oversight Subcommittee tells Pentagon to provide details about organization described in internal report as ‘acutely dysfunctional’

July 9, 2013

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, who led a years-long, successful effort to correct mismanagement at Arlington National Cemetery, is now demanding answers about an internal report that found that a Pentagon program aimed at finding, identifying, and returning the remains of American troops missing in action has been woefully mismanaged-and that senior officials may have suppressed the critical report.

"This is a deeply personal issue for thousands of families across the country-many of whom have been actively engaged in these efforts for decades," said McCaskill, the daughter of a World War II veteran and Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Financial & Contracting Oversight. "We've got a responsibility to make sure this program is being run in a responsible manner, and I will not rest until we have answers."

McCaskill's letter to Air Force Major General Kelly K. McKeague, the current head of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), asked for the internal report, along with any communications relating to the report's findings and recommendations.

The Associated Press published a story this week in which it acquired the internal report and other documents revealing problems so deep that the program risks descending from "dysfunction to total failure." It appears that the former head of JPAC "banned" the report and failed to implement any of its recommendations to reform JPAC's operations.

A copy of McCaskill's letter can be found on her website, HERE.

Read more about McCaskill's fight for stronger accountability in Washington, HERE.

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