By Press Release on June 10, 2010
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Defense Logistics Agency had no use for parts worth $7.1 billion, more than half of the $13.7 billion in equipment stacked in Defense Department warehouses.
The investigation was requested by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a Senate Budget Committee member who has closely monitored Pentagon waste and fraud. “The waste of taxpayer dollars is unbelievable,” Sanders said. “At a time when the country has a $13 trillion national debt and is struggling with huge unmet needs, it is outrageous that the Defense Department continues to waste huge sums of money for spare parts that the military doesn’t need.”