Congressman Jon Runyan (R-NJ), in two separate letters to the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), expressed his concerns about the proposed action to dissolve the on-site contract administration function and OL-G office at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL). This office provides critical oversight on military contracting and the Civil Reserve Air Fleet. It has responsibility for all TRANSCOM contracting east of the Mississippi River, along with supporting major combatant commands including European Command (EUCOM), Central Command (CENTCOM), Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and Africa Command (AFRICOM). In these letters Rep. Runyan has posed a number of questions in an attempt to understand the proposed closure of the office at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
"I am deeply concerned," stated Rep. Runyan, "about the proposed decision to close the OL-G office at JBMDL. There has been no evidence presented to me that this closure would be in any way beneficial. The veterans in this office work in support of the warfighter and provide critical oversight for contracts supporting our troops in Afghanistan and others in the field. In fact, given that part of their job is to perform oversight on military contracts, closing this office seems to be counter to the country's desire for more transparency and efficiency in government. This especially rings true in light of recent revelations of contracting fraud discovered in certain Department of Defense contracts."
In response to a previously held conference call with leadership from USTRANSCOM, Congressman Runyan has scheduled a meeting with representatives from the House Armed Services Committee and USTRANSCOM on Thursday September 15th.