Ayotte seeks hearing into the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command
In a letter sent Wednesday to Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Ayotte writes that the GAO report "details serious problems within JPAC that are hindering efforts to locate and bring home missing persons from past armed conflicts...it underscores the need for the Committee to hear directly from JPAC officials about these disturbing findings and to ensure proper steps are being taken to address these problems."
The GAO report released Wednesday states, "While the Department of Defense has made some progress in promoting communication among the several organizations responsible for accounting for missing persons — known collectively as the accounting community — DoD's capability and capacity to accomplish its missing persons accounting mission is being undermined by longstanding leadership weaknesses and a fragmented organizational structure. Leadership from the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD Policy) and U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) have not been able to resolve disagreements among accounting community members, thereby impacting DoD's ability to meet the mandated goal of increasing its capability and capacity to account for 200 missing persons a year by 2015."
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