While Pentagon spending has soared to record heights to cover the costs of the global war on terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, staffing at the Pentagon IG office has remained "nearly constant."
According to a report made to Congress in March 2008, the growing divide between defense spending and oversight staffing has resulted in some alarming trends. For example, in FY 2007, nearly half of the $316 billion spent on weapons acquisition did not receive sufficient audit coverage. In addition, despite a 62% increase in whistleblower reprisal complaints over the last ten years, the number of DoD OIG staffers investigating these complaints has actually declined.
-- Michael Smallberg