Senators Ask For Pentagon Explanation on Contract Abuse
By Josh White Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, April 19, 2008; A02
Two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee called yesterday on Pentagon officials to further explain the awarding of a $50 million Air Force contract to a company owned by people close to senior Air Force officials, demanding accountability at the highest levels of the service.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), in a letter to the secretary of the Air Force, asked why senior leaders escaped punishment for the award. McCaskill has been outspoken on contracting improprieties and wrote to Michael Wynne that there had been "insufficient punishment and a lack of corrective actions" after a 2005 contract was steered to a company owned by a recently retired four-star general and a millionaire civilian pilot who had grown close to Air Force officials.
These hot-shot Senators don't demand solutions to the Pentagon's continuing inability to process contracts--they don't even insist on jail terms for fraud and influence-peddling.
An explanation will suffice.
Just tell us your side of the story, guys and we'll let it all go back to business as usual.
So much for vigilance, an end to special treatment and insider contracting, as promised in pre-2006 elections.