Friday, April 25, 2008

McCaskill Concerned With Air Force Contract

Sen. Claire McCaskill is asking the Secretary of Defense to hold senior Air Force officers accountable for a contract given to a civilian friend of top officials.

The Washington Post details the account HERE.

A report raises questions about how a retired 4-star general received a $50 million dollar contract to update an air show, despite much higher bids from others.

"I am particularly concerned with the actions of Air Force Chief of Staff General T. Michael Moseley and the dismissive and demoralizing message it sends to subordinates when there is a lack of disciplinary action taken against the most senior leaders," McCaskill wrote to Secretary of Defense Gates.

McCaskill also wrote a stern letter yesterday to Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne.

"It is incomprehensible to me that no action has been taken to reprimand General Moseley or to evaluate his continued fitness to lead the Air Force," McCaskill wrote.

McCaskill also appears in Friday's Post about her bill aimed at strengthening the independence of the government's inspectors general.

The Senate approved a bill that would set job qualifications for inspectors general, allow Congress to determine if an agency was trying to punish an IG by cutting his or her budget and ensure that all audits and investigative reports are posted on agency Web sites within three workdays, according the Post piece.

"This bill is key to preserving the IGs' role as government watchdogs and making sure they can do their job of rooting out waste in this country," Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said in a statement.

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