Senator Puts Wasteful Contractors and Agencies 'On Notice'

February 13, 2013

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., written off by many political strategists last year as a poor prospect for reelection, has landed the chairmanship of a new and permanent Financial and Contracting Oversight subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs panel.

“I’m putting every federal agency on notice-- any employee or contractor who wastes taxpayer money, or acts inappropriately on the taxpayer dime, will have this committee to answer to,” McCaskill said in a statement on Wednesday announcing the change.

Beginning in 2009, McCaskill, a former prosecutor and state auditor, led an ad hoc Contracting Oversight Subcommittee that held numerous visible hearings and reported out legislation implementing anti-waste and fraud recommendations from the Wartime Contracting Commission and the special inspectors general for Iraq and Afghanistan. “I plan to carry the same determination from our wartime contracting fight to this expanded effort to root out waste and fraud, protect taxpayer dollars, and bring a new level of accountability and transparency to government,” she said.

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