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Statement of Creigh Deeds on Release of JLARC Report on Northrop Grumman-VITA Contract


Location: Newport News, VA

Sen. R. Creigh Deeds released the following statement Tuesday regarding the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) report on VITA.

"Today's JLARC report raises serious questions about whether Virginia was well-served by the legal advice offered by then-Attorney General Bob McDonnell in the implementation of the Northrop Grumman-VITA contract. It's clear that we need to reform VITA and place supervision and oversight in a single office that answers directly to the Governor. However, today's news, coupled with previous reports that Bob McDonnell's office knew of problems in the contract, calls his record into question. McDonnell owes Virginians answers to questions of what he knew about problems in the contract, when he became aware of them, and whether he did anything at all about it.

"As Governor, I will reform the management structure of VITA to ensure that the agency is accountable to the Governor. I will also create a permanent Efficiency Improvement Office, headed by a director appointed from the business community. The office will conduct performance reviews of every agency, beginning with VITA, to make sure that no taxpayer money is wasted."


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