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Spending for Iraq, Afghanistan Under Spotlight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Pentagon auditors say wartime contracts,
including reconstruction funding and planning in Iraq and
Afghanistan, suffer from poor planning, greed and weak oversight.
That's from prepared testimony from government watchdogs for the
first hearing today of the Commission on Wartime Contracting. The
testimony was obtained by The Associated Press.
Congress created the bipartisan panel over the objections of the
Bush White House.
More than $100 billion has been spent so far to support war
operations and rebuilding.
The testimony says there are 154 open criminal investigations
into allegations of bribery, conflicts of interest, bid rigging,
and theft.
One auditor says the U.S. government "was neither prepared for
nor able to respond quickly to the ever-changing demands."


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