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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) summed up the sense in the room at a Feb. 1 hearing on contract auditing.

“This is a subject which may sound dry to almost everyone sitting outside this room — and likely some of the people inside it as well,” said the chairwoman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s Contracting Oversight Subcommittee, as she opened the afternoon meeting.

The hearing drew none of the 11 subcommittee members except for McCaskill and Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), its ranking member.

McCaskill acknowledged Brown’s tenacity in making it to the hearing.

“There aren’t a lot of people out there who wake up in the morning excited about talking about contract oversight and auditing, so I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Sen. Brown over the last few months,” she said.

Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Feb 08, 2011 at 12:55 PM


Reader Comments

Wed, Feb 9, 2011 Steelhead Whatcom County

This is classic. Congress has effectively deflected responsibility for DHS management blunders, which include contracting cost overruns/ waste, inefficiencies, etc. The media and pubic then place the blame squarely on DHS. Indeed, DHS management has struggled massively, but when you have over 100 Oversight Committees and Subcommittees providing diffused oversight and conflicting policy direction coupled with Executive policy absenteeism.... floundering is what happens. Clearly, improving contracting oversight is in the public interest....maybe effective oversight of the now scrapped SBInet Virtual Fence Program (5 years old btw)would have saved us a billion dollars! Thats roughly $3.27 per person...I'll take it!! So this article begs the following questions. Why did everybody call in sick? Does this committee lack jurisdiction, power, LEADERSHIP? What gives? I want to believe more pressing public interest matters were attended to. God Bless the Republic!!

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