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For nearly four decades and under six presidencies, I’ve exposed excessive waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars at the Department of Defense (DOD). From $640 toilet seats in the 1980s to $14,000 toilet seat lids and a new $115,000 Airborne toilet for C-5 aircraft in 2018 and $33 million in executive payouts in the 1990s to a $43 million gas station in Afghanistan in 2015, I’ve worked to bring transparency and accountability to the Pentagon. Despite these efforts, the DOD still hasn’t passed an audit in decades and its exorbitant spending continues to blow a hole in the pockets of American taxpayers and put our military readiness at risk.
The latest example on a long list of outrageous and unnecessary spending is highlighted in a recent report released by the Department of Defense Inspector General (DOD IG). It focuses on egregious price-gouging of the DOD by contractors, specifically a company called TransDigm Group, Inc.
The article goes on to state the following:
The report analyzed 113 contracts between January 2015 and January 2017. It also reviewed 47 spare parts the DOD purchased from TransDigm. It found that TransDigm earned excess profits on 46 of 47 spare parts sold to the Pentagon and overcharged the department by $16.1 million out of a total $29.7 million in contracts. That’s more than a 1000 percent profit for TransDigm contractors.
Even more serious than the inordinate spending is the cavalier attitude of the DOD and its internal watchdog. The IG report on the TransDigm contract included meager recommendations, which are ultimately insufficient.
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