WASHINGTON (AP) - A Defense Department audit concludes the Army
can't be sure all of its body armor meets safety standards.
The department's inspector general reviewed more than five
billion dollars worth of Army and Marine Corps body armor contracts
from 2004 to 2006.
The report finds that 13 of 28 Army contracts and orders did not
include details on preliminary testing of the protective vests. And
in 11 cases there's not enough paperwork to show whether the award
was based on "informed decisions."
The report was requested by New York Democratic Congresswoman
Louise Slaughter. She calls it "shameful" and says the officials
responsible for the error ought to be fired.
The Army says the body armor is safe and says the problem boils
down to a disagreement over when and what type of testing is
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