STATE DEPARTMENT AUDITOR: Uhm, Any of You Guys See $6 Billion Lying Around Somewhere?

But, hey: what’s $ 6 billion among friends?

The State Department has no idea what happened to $ 6 billion used to pay its contractors.

In a special “management alert” made public Thursday, the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick warned “significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years.

The alert was just the latest example of the federal government’s continued struggle with oversight over its outside contractors.

The lack of oversight “exposes the department to significant financial risk,” the auditor said. “It creates conditions conducive to fraud, as corrupt individuals may attempt to conceal evidence of illicit behavior by omitting key documents from the contract file. It impairs the ability of the Department to take effective and timely action to protect its interests, and, in tum, those of taxpayers.”

In the memo, the IG detailed “repeated examples of poor contract file administration.” For instance, a recent investigation of the closeout process for contracts supporting the mission in Iraq, showed that auditors couldn’t find 33 of the 115 contract files totaling about $ 2.1 billion. Of the remaining 82 files, auditors said 48 contained insufficient documents required by federal law.

…Before Linick took office last fall, the State Department had been without an inspector general position for five years—the longest IG vacancy in the government’s history, as noted in The Washington Post.

By contrast, the Air Force — in order to save just $ 3.5 billion over five years — slashed the invaluable A-10 Warthog (pictured above) program.

Priorities: for Democrats, waste, fraud and abuse trumps protecting America’s warriors.

Hat tip: BB.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: The Good Guys Are Not Coming To Save Us

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Nation

The Good Guys Are Not Coming To Save Us: Alt-Market
Obamacare’s Pathway to Creeping Control by the State: Dossier
News Flash: Immigration Must Benefit the Host Nation: AT

NJ Ignores Medical Privacy To Assist Feds In Gun Registry: Loesch
Missouri House Passes Bill Nullifying Violations of 2nd Amendment: RWN
Boom: Gosnell Attorney Says Doctor Targeted Because He’s Black: Lid

Economy

‘Tsarnaev Family Received $ 100G’ in Public Assistance Benefits: NB
Is the U.S. spending enough on education?: Mish
Student Loan Bubble Cracks With Pulled Sallie Mae Bond Deal: ZH

NRCC and GOP Handing Labor Unions a Huge Win in SC?: RS
A $ 3.2 million ad campaign to sell a pig: Elephant
Congresswoman’s Round-the-World Trip Cost Taxpayers $ 23K: Roll Call

How Obamacare is like a failed rental car reservation: Tatler
VA Budget Up 40%, Yearlong Pending Claims Up 2,000%: PJM
Ottawa weighing plans for bank failures: CBC

Scandal Central

Obama’s Omerta! Benghazi Whistleblowers Threatened By Administration: Lid
Whisteblowers: White House Lied About Benghazi Rescue Attempt, then Threatened Witnesses: Blaze
State Department blocking lawyers from representing Benghazi whistleblowers: ProWis

Climate & Energy

Be It Resolved That Global Warming Is Going to Turn Women Into Whores and Coochmongers: Ace
Congressional Dems Says Climate Change Driving Women Into Prostitution: Lid
Washington’s brilliant new plan to clean up legacy wells: Hot Air

Media

Now This is Interesting: Walls of the City
Exploiting the Gun Show Loophole. Or Not.: TAG
President calls Jason Collins, praises his courage; Slain heroes overlooked: Twitchy

Barry Munchkin Syndrome: Driscoll
Republican Congressman Mike Rogers is SWAT-ted: Twitchy
New Poll Finds CNN Far Less Believable Cable Channel Than Fox News: NB

The Ricin Case: It Was “Elementary”, Mr. Curtis.: Lady Liberty
Media Matters Probably Thinks It Has A Point Here: Kruiser
Two New Polls: Americans Fear Our Government More Than Terrorists: RWN

World

Pamela Geller – Jihad In Boston, Jihad In America, Stop The Jihad: The United West
US-Backed Syrian Rebels Kill 20 Shia Men, Offer To Give Headless Bodies Back To Families For A Ransom: WZ
Dershowitz laughed at while presenting plan to restart peace talks: JPost

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue.com/Tech)

Here’s what Facebook sends the cops in response to a subpoena: ZDNet
Detector finds smuggled cellphones even without batteries or SIM cards: NetworkWorld
Socialbakers denies report that ‘millions of users’ have left Facebook, says ‘there is no story’: TNW

Cornucopia

“Marc Jacobs is the most cruel thief of the century!”: Style Angelique
Gee, Dad, It’s a Porsche: C&S
10 Vintage Public Service Agreements: Mashable

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Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by: FreedomWorks: Tell John Boehner to Defund Obamacare

QOTD: “Barack Obama knows how to do one thing: elect Barack Obama to public office. And that’s not ‘elect Democrats.’ Or ‘elect liberals.’ Or even ‘elect people that Barack Obama likes.’ It’s just him: his team is trying pretty hard right now to figure out how to use their over-specialized skill more generally, but they don’t have much time to figure it out and the system is actually rigged against them in this case.

Barack Obama certainly doesn’t know how to govern effectively; take away a Congress that will rubber-stamp the Democratic agenda and he flails about. He’s so bad at this, in fact, that when confronted with a situation where all he had to do was do nothing to fulfill a campaign promise (the tax cuts) we somehow ended up with a situation where Obama gave in on 98% of those tax cuts and voluntarily signed up to take the blame for the AMT fix.

In short: Obama was woefully unprepared for the Presidency, and he hasn’t really spent the last four years trying to catch up. Instead, he goes from situation to situation either trying to recast the problem in ways that he does have some skill in (permanent campaigning for office), or else… flail about on the scene while hitting people’s buttons quickly and/or at random, in the hopes that eventually the laws of probability will allow him to bull on through anyway.” —Moe Lane

Doug Ross @ Journal