The fraudsters there are said to rip off the system to the tune of as much as 20% of that portion of the budget.
Those fraudsters are pikers compared to the status quo fraud of the MOMCOM budget.
It is almost a staple, having been built in now for decade upon decade, admitted to during the Rumsfeld saga:
"According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions," Rumsfeld admitted.(Getting Caught Is The Only No-No, quoting CBS Evening News). Rumsfeld made these declarations on September 10, 2001.
$2.3 trillion — that's $8,000 for every man, woman and child in America. To understand how the Pentagon can lose track of trillions, consider the case of one military accountant who tried to find out what happened to a mere $300 million.
"We know it's gone. But we don't know what they spent it on," said Jim Minnery, Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
Minnery, a former Marine turned whistle-blower, is risking his job by speaking out for the first time about the millions he noticed were missing from one defense agency's balance sheets. Minnery tried to follow the money trail, even crisscrossing the country looking for records.
"The director looked at me and said 'Why do you care about this stuff?' It took me aback, you know? My supervisor asking me why I care about doing a good job," said Minnery.
He was reassigned and says officials then covered up the problem by just writing it off.
The next day auditors, who were searching for that "lost" money, lost the trail and lost their lives:
Most of those killed in the office, called Resource Services Washington, were civilian accountants, bookkeepers and budget analysts.(South Coast Today). So much for the computers with the data, and the auditors who were destroyed the next day following Rumsfeld's revelation.
The MOMCOM portion of the federal budget increased this year, depending on who you listen to, up to about $708,000,000,000, with another $30,000,000,000 to be added to that for Afghanistan.
This year 25% fraud would be $738,000,000,000 * .25 = $184,500,000,000.
The 25% is the percentage Rumsfeld admitted to, so it is probably even more than that.
Health care and unemployment extensions being talked about would be totally covered easily each year with that amount.
But tradition, like Pentagon auditors, dies hard.
So I think all the talk about stopping fraud is just bloviating.
The staple of defrauding the Treasury will continue unabated unless the status quo really does change.