$6billion missing at US State Department
There was this story on the wires yesterday which said the vaunted US State Department led by the great Secretary of State John Kerry “has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors.” It said in a special “management alert” made public last Thursday, the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick warned “significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years.”
According to the Inspector General, the lack of oversight “exposes the department to significant financial risk. It creates conditions conducive to fraud as corrupt individuals may attempt to conceal evidence of illicit behavior by omitting key documents from the contract file. It impairs the ability of the Department to take effective and timely action to protect its interests and, in turn, those of taxpayers.”
In his memo, the IG detailed “repeated examples of poor contract file administration.” He said a recent investigation of the closeout process for contracts supporting the mission in Iraq showed that auditors couldn’t find 33 of the 115 contract files totaling about $2.1 billion. Of the remaining 82 files, auditors said 48 contained insufficient documents required by federal law. In another instance, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement issued a $1 billion contract in Afghanistan that was deemed “incomplete.”
This Mr. Linick is the American Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. By making this revelation of missing funds, he has brought the government of the world’s lone superpower into disrepute and has scandalized it. President Barack Obama should borrow a leaf from somebody and suspend him from that office.