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    The US DOE has failed to adequately supervise and track its contractors, the Government Accountability Office said in a report on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Department of Energy (DOE) is highly vulnerable to fraud and waste because it has failed to adequately supervise and track its contractors, the Government Accountability Office said in a report on Monday.

    “DOE's inadequate management and oversight of its contractors led us to designate its contract management as a High Risk area,” the report stated. "For example, in November 2016, DOE contractors constructing a nuclear waste treatment plant agreed to pay a combined $125 million to settle a lawsuit alleging, among other things, that a contractor improperly used federal funds for lobbying purposes.”

    The report also cited a contract at the department’s Hanford nuclear site, in which invoices were submitted for hundreds of fraudulent purchases between 2003 and 2008, including kickbacks.

    The report made a series of recommendations, including the establishment of a department-wide invoice review policy and the creation of a designated agency within the department to manage fraud risk.

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