Foxes and Hens

"It is bizarre that the Defense Department relies on private contractors to handle oversight of private contractors," Senator Bernie Sanders said of a new Government Accountability Office report that highlighted the potential loss of government control and accountability. What's more, the GAO also found that in-house personnel provide better oversight at less cost than outside contractors. "At a time when this country has a $9.4 trillion national debt, this issue cannot be ignored," Sanders told The Washington Post. "The GAO reviewed just one Army office. It is not known how widespread and damaging this practice has become, but with $695 billion in defense spending this year, taxpayers must be assured that money for the military is going to its designated purposes, not to waste or fraud. This Pentagon practice of letting the fox guard the henhouse has got to stop."

To read highlight of the GAO report, click here.

To read Sanders' letter to The Washington Post, click here.