DoD promises to fix Iraq contracting problems in 30 days

In August, the Commission on Wartime Contracting gave the Defense Contract Management Agency and the Defense Contract Audit Agency sixty days to try to “harmonize their own approaches” to contract management in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Since then a “divergence in contractor-employee counts” has come to light, along with some confusion about who is overseeing the drawdown in Iraq.

Commissioner Dov Zakheim told FederalNewsRadio all three can be seen as symptoms of one very large problem. He spoke with FederalNewsRadio a day after the Commission held its latest hearing.

“The Contracts Management Agency, DCMA, and the Contracts Audit Agency need to get their act together,” said Zakheim. “They just didn’t seem to be working in harness, and we got assurances, very, very firm assurances, from a very senior Defense official, Mr. Shay Assad, who said he’s going to have it sorted out in 30 days. And frankly, we believe him.”

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