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$6 Billion Down the Drain at U.S. State Department

Brianna Ehley reports for the Fiscal Times today that "The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors." Here's the remainder of her lede:

"In a special “management alert” made public Thursday, the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick warned “significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years.

"The alert was just the latest example of the federal government’s continued struggle with oversight over its outside contractors."

Ms. Ehley also noted, "Before Linick took office last fall, the State Department had been without an inspector general position for five years—the longest IG vacancy in the government’s history, as noted in The Washington Post."

Kiudos to Ms. Ehley for bringing the State Department's IG's "management alert" to the public's attention, and to Fiscal Times for using the iShutterstock.com graphic below. Gee, sounds like that graphic could be used with the Columbia Pike Streetcar and the Aquaticssphere projects in Arlington County, not to mention the Arisphere.


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