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$125 billion worth of administrative waste Hidden From Congress

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Senior defense officials suppressed a study documenting $125 billion worth of administrative waste at the Pentagon out of fears that Congress would use its findings to cut the defense budget, the Washington Post reported late Monday.

The report, which was issued in January 2015 by the advisory Defense Business Board (DBB), called for a series of reforms that would have saved the department $125 billion over the next five years.

Among its other findings, the report showed that the Defense Department was paying just over 1 million contractors, civilian employees and uniformed personnel to fill back-office jobs. That number nearly matches the amount of active duty troops — 1.3 million, the lowest since 1940.

The Post reported that some Pentagon leaders feared the study’s findings would undermine their claims that years of budget sequestration had left the military short of money. In response, they imposed security restrictions on information used in the study and even pulled a summary report from a Pentagon website.

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“They’re all complaining that they don’t have any money,” former DBB chairman Robert Stein told the Post. “We proposed a way to save a ton of money.”

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, who originally ordered the study, told the paper that the plan laid out in the report was “unrealistic.”

“There is this meme that we’re some bloated, giant organization,” Work said. “Although there is a little bit of truth in that … I think it vastly overstates what’s really going on.”

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook echoed Work’s claim in a statement to Fox News, which said that the DBB report “had limited value” because it “lacked specific, actionable recommendations appropriate to the department.”

Work claimed that some of the report’s recommendations were being implemented on a smaller scale and would save an estimated $30 billion by 2020. However, the Post reported that most of the programs had been long-planned or unreleated to the Defense Business Board report.

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Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  • Jon Exner says:

    The real questions that are not being addressed is, are we seeing waste or a combination of waste, fraud and kickbacks?

  • Ernest Kurtock says:

    With WW3 staring us in the face, and all of these PRESENT menTAL JERK OFF’S TRYING TO uf THE NATION WILL BE WORSE THAN A WORLD WAR AS IF IT COMES AND WE DON’T BUCKLE UP; THE END WILL HIT US IN THE FACE W/O A SINGLE DOUBT!!

  • Edd Smith says:

    it is wrong for that much money to be wasted but that is all obama has done

  • Ervin J Medearis says:

    because of the way the Congress spent our money

  • Ed Foster says:

    Every agency has enormous waste and does not want to stop spending.

  • Marlene Jones says:

    IT FIGURES NOW THAT THE PENTAGON IS HIDING SO MUCH MONEY LIKE ALL OF THE OBLAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THEY ALL SHOULD BE FIRED ASAP!

  • Maxine says:

    kick them all out and start all over

  • Mary Dell Jones says:

    It was done for America’s protection against a liberal government who took care of those in other countries, and not America.

    • Jon Exner says:

      Mary Dell every government republican and democrat has taken care of other countries.
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      At one time the U.S.A. could walk and chew gum at the same time.
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      We were wealthy enough to help other countries as needed and have enough left over for our own needs. The problem came when POLITICIANS ON BOTH SIDES did two things.
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      First they created all these so called free trade agreements that resulted in AMERICAN COMPANIES transplanting to third world countries for the cheap labor. Then again, POLITIICANS ON BOTH SIDES decided it was in their best interests to increase immigration both legal an illegal. The republicans wanted the cheap labor the democrats wanted the votes.
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      Voting Trump in was the first step to right our ship of state, voting out people like paul ryan and those who support his positions will be the next step.
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      Until WE THE PEOPLE OF THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA take a firm stand and demand that our elected representative know that they were elected to represent us the American citizens and not foreigners nothing will change.

  • Charles Green says:

    Obama didnt cause it and trump is not going to fix it. it has been going on sents ww1 when business found out they could over charge the government and get away with it. From huges on down bid a job low and charge high for change orders. Give kickback to the right people to get the bids it has always been that way. As long as we have greed in this country it will never stop. Cutting the defense spending will not help our boys fighting for you.cause that is where they will cut if they have to.

  • L. Draper says:

    First because the Pentagon would never allow that much money to be wasted, they need every penny too badly. Second, like many similar agencies, they didn’t come up with the policy of spend it or lose it, our congress did that.

  • Len says:

    A corrupt Republication fabrication
    Don’t send me such anymore ever. Remove my Email address

  • Alieu Bangura says:

    I just to know why this sum has been hidden from congress

  • michael says:

    congress is becoming an infection and us american citizens are tired of it

  • ONLYJB1 says:

    125 Billion. 30 Billion. I can’t fathom having an extra $100 dollars in my pocket!

  • John P says:

    This is absolute B.S. and almost as disgraceful as Obama spending $85 Million on vacations. We have one screwed up government letting these things happen.

  • John P says:

    The United States has had 8 years a sheer abuse by those in power who have thrust us $10 Trillion in additional debt. This is “Criminal”.

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