The Pentagon paid hundreds of billions of dollars to defense contractors engaged in criminal or civil fraud — in some cases paying the companies after they were convicted, according to a new Defense Department report.

The Pentagon said its own sloppy bookkeeping, missing records and inadequate training of acquisition officials were to blame for the mess. The Pentagon also acknowledged that the data in the report, which covers only 2007 through 2009, are probably incomplete because the Defense Department cannot accurately track individual contractors or how much is actually spent. And the report only tracks those fraud cases of over $1 million.

Politics Daily, February 3, 2011

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