Wisconsin families work too hard to let the government waste their money. In the spirit of Senator Bill Proxmire, I am continuing his work shedding light on government agencies and projects that waste your hard-earned tax dollars.

The Department of Defense (DOD) spent nearly $6 billion on travel costs in 2014, $458 million of which was improperly paid out because Defense officials were reimbursed for travel costs without receipts or complete and accurate vouchers. I doubt this would fly with any Wisconsin employer.

After the improper payments came to light, DOD was required to work on reducing improper repayment practices. Unfortunately, they have failed to meet the modest target four years in a row. If that wasn’t enough, in hopes of easing the burden of the repayment process, the DOD spent $630,000 to create a system to automate the voucher reviews that does not even work.

The people of Wisconsin shouldn’t foot the bill for faulty programs and expensive travel. I will continue to keep a close eye on how the government is using taxpayer money and fight against government waste.

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) represents Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District. He can be reached at www.house.gov/kind/ Call his Eau Claire office at 715-831-9214.

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Dunn County News Editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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