DoD IG: Sequester Impedes Oversight

May 29, 2013

The inspector general in charge of uncovering fraud and waste at the Pentagon says the sequester won’t force any furloughs in his office, but a hiring freeze, scaled-back overtime and other cuts will hurt oversight work.

“With fewer dollars and ultimately fewer people, the true cost of sequestration is the lost opportunities for oversight,” Defense Department Acting Assistant IG Brett Mansfield wrote in a letter to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.

Shaheen has sent letters to IGs across government asking about the impact of the sequester, but Mansfield’s office is taking the biggest hit.

Out of about $100 million cut from dozens of federal IGs’ offices due to the sequester, the Defense IG is losing $28 million.

Mansfield told Shaheen that his office has implemented a selective hiring freeze, restricted overtime, limited travel, cut supply purchases and stopped all outside training.

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