(WASHINGTON) — Little by little the Army has lost at least $20 million as civilians and contractors keep walking away from their jobs with military-issued clothing and equipment, according to a new government report.
In the Feb. 22 report, the Pentagon’s Inspector General’s office said it identified “approximately $20 million in unreturned clothing and equipment” given to the tens of thousands of civilians and contractors working at two stateside U.S. bases from 2006 to 2012. From 2006 to 2007 alone, the IG said that 80 percent of the nearly 1,000 employees deployed that year did not turn in “recoverable” equipment, amounting to a loss of approximately $2.5 million.
The IG made several recommendations for the Army to keep better track of their equipment. The military agreed with many of those reccomendations, the report said.
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