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(Bloomberg) — U.S. Transportation Command contracting personnel improperly paid International Auto Logistics LLC $5m on services for 27,283 vehicles delivered late from overseas locations, Pentagon Inspector General says report.

  • IAL often submitted “invalid invoices” that didn’t include required $30/day deductions for late vehicles
  • NOTE: IAL operates under 2013 “Global Privately Owned Vehicle Contract” worth as much as $863m to ship back home vehicles of U.S. overseas military and government employees
    • $5m was part of $162m in overall improper payments that should not have been made to IAL from May 2014 through April 2015, IG audit says
    • Largest overpayment was $1m for 5,477 vehicles delivered late in October 2014, IG says
  • Pentagon contracting personnel “did not hold contractor financially accountable for all potential overpayments” resulting from invoices “not properly reduced” for missing delivery dates, audit says
  • Command through August had demanded repayment of only $752,340 of potential $5m, IG says
  • IAL officials didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail request for comment
  • NOTE: Transcom Deputy Commander Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Lyons said in written response to IG command has adopted a negotiated settlement process to recoup overpayments and avoid litigation

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