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The Jan. 11 edition of The Nation’s special report, “Exposing the Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud,” reinforced my November letter to the editor. The Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 requires annual audits and all federal agencies except the Pentagon comply, which hasn’t for 28 years.

Department of Defense accountants have continuously, unconstitutionally, misled Congress, driving budgets higher regardless of military necessity. Some $21 trillion worth of transactions cannot be accounted for by budgets inflated yearly by billions of dollars.

Fabricated numbers and money shifted to another part of the budget left transactions between 1998 and 2015 undocumented and unexplained. There are no ledger entries or receipts, and more than 16,000 records had been “removed.” In this way the DOD propels military spending higher each year.

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Congress appropriated $716 billion for 2019, $24 billion more than 2018. According to the article, Mark Skidmore, a professor of economics specializing in government finance at Michigan State University, after months determined no one can know for sure what happened to the $21 trillion.

Fraud, waste and abuse take resources away from other government functions. If this happened in the private sector, people would lose their jobs and even go to jail.

Allegra Zick, North Freedom

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