An investigation has determined that the U.S. State Department has incomplete or missing files for more than $6 billion in contracts throughout the past six years, the AP reports.
According to State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, the $6 billion itself is not missing. Instead, Harf referred to the missing files as a “bureaucratic issue” that is being straightened out.
In a memo addressed to State Department leaders, the Office of Inspector General claimed that the missing contracts demonstrated significant management issues.
“It creates conditions conducive to fraud, as corrupt individuals may attempt to conceal evidence of illicit behavior by omitting key documents from the contract file. It impairs the ability of the Department to take effective and timely action to protect its interests and, in turn, those of the taxpayers,” the inspector general wrote, according to RT.
The missing paperwork is connected to several different cases. A case involving U.S. contractors in Iraq that had contracts worth $2.1 billion is one of several missing documents.