Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan

The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan isn't expected to put their interim report put until May but if you get questions about them and want to follow their hearings and progress you can find out more information at:

Home page
Public hearings

Information about the Commission:
"On July 18, 2007, Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced a bill to establish an independent, bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting to study U.S. wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill was inspired by the work of the "Truman Committee" which conducted hundreds of hearings and investigations into government waste during and after World War II that resulted in an estimated savings of more than $178 billion (in today's dollars) to the American taxpayer...
To achieve its objectives, the Commission is empowered to hold hearings, take testimony, receive evidence, and provide for the attendance and testimony of witnesses as well as the production of documents. The Commission is able to secure from any agency of the federal government any information or assistance that it considers necessary to enable it to carry out its mandate to study, assess, and to make recommendations to Congress on wartime contracting. The Commission is also empowered to refer to the U.S. Attorney General any violation or potential violation of law it identifies. The Commission is required to provide two annual reports to Congress: an interim due on May 1, 2009, and a final report is due no later than August 2010. "

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