Oversee the Contractors

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Too bad The Post buried inside the Feb. 16 Business section the excellent story "Contractor Accused of Profiteering; Witness Says Custer Battles Sent Trucks That Didn't Work to Iraq." It wasn't a business story any more than the federal budget is a business story.

The administration is asking for another huge installment of "emergency" spending for the Iraq war. But from this case and from reports by the inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, it is clear that past appropriations came with little oversight.

We need strong contractor accountability reforms that address the incompetence, waste, fraud, bribery and other reported abuses in Iraq. Without reforms, both Iraq's transition to democracy and U.S. troops will be at further risk.

CHARLIE CRAY

Director

Center for Corporate Policy

Washington


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