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McCaskill shocked by government waste in Iraq and Afghanistan

(St. Louis Public Radio/Bill Raack)
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says a new report detailing the amount of waste and fraud in the use of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan is "shocking."

McCaskill pushed Congress to create the Commission on Wartime Contracting. The panel says at least $31 billion – and perhaps as much as $60 billion -- has been wasted on projects run by private companies and individuals who were hired by the U.S. government. McCaskill is amazed by the number of mistakes that have been made.

"I’m hoping that this report is going to allow a platform for continued looks at contracting and contingencies and I certainly, as chairman of the subcommittee on contracting oversight, intend to go at this as hard as I know how," McCaskill told reporters today.

The commission’s report has 15 recommendations to prevent similar problems in the future. McCaskill says she plans to develop legislation to address those recommendations.

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