San Mateo, CA – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel and Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, on Friday sent a letter to Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, requesting information in response to an August 21, 2017 Federal News Radio report on massive waste at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
“There is no plausible explanation for the egregious waste, misuse of federal property and outright theft that was allowed to occur under numerous commanding officers,” Rep. Speier said. “No one in the Navy appeared to demonstrate any concern about these abuses, despite obvious red flags. Seven different commanding officers were either oblivious to or complicit with what was going on. Either way, the public deserves accountability and I expect real answers to my questions about this violation of the public’s trust.”
According to the Naval Sea Systems Command Inspector General, unarmed security guards at Norfolk wasted $21 million to stand up an unauthorized police force, improperly acquiring weapons, vehicles, and associated equipment. Many of those items are now missing. The Inspector General also found that the guards abused their authority by filling vacant security jobs with friends and family members.
A copy of Rep. Speier’s letter can be viewed here.