Analysis: Wartime contracting bill a ‘major step’

Dov Zakheim, a former member Commission on Wartime Contracting

wfedstaff | June 4, 2015 6:05 pm

Two senators are trying to change the way agencies plan for wartime contracting.

Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.) have sponsored a bill that would incorporate ideas from the Commission on Wartime Contracting. That group found the U.S. lost up to $60 billion to fraud, waste and abuse during contracting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It goes a very long way,” said Dov Zakheim, a former member of the commission, about the bill. “It doesn’t address all of the problems, and, in one or two respects, it probably goes further than we’ve gone. But I would say generally it’s a major step in the right direction.”

Online Chat: Beth Killoran, deputy assistant secretary for Information Technology and chief information officer at HHS, on March 28.

Zakheim joined The Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share his thoughts on whether the bill hits the mark.

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