Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., said members were eager to see that further waste such as was revealed in a recent Pentagon audit was not repeated. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Three top U.S. auditors briefed a House Armed Services panel Tuesday on discomfiting reports of uncontrolled spending in Iraq and Afghanistan. The reports had all been posted online earlier this year. But the effect of presenting them in a single hearing was striking.
First, the Defense Department had spent as much as $28 million since 2008 buying “unnecessary, untested and costly” uniforms for Afghan security forces, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko told the Oversight and Investigations panel.