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McCaskill Named Chair Of Group Focused On Finding 'Government Waste, Fraud, Abuse'

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill became the Chairman of the new Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight today.

Since 2009, the Democratic Senator, has led theSubcommittee on Contracting Oversight, a temporary subcommittee that passed reforms to wartime contracting.

In a statement, McCaskill's says the new subcommittee will focus on government waste, fraud and abuse in every federal agency and department.

"I will be able to take the work that we've done on contracting and expand that to try to really lean on my skills and experience as an auditor to do a much more aggressive job of finding places in the government where our money is being wasted," McCaskill says.

McCaskill says she will also be heading a subcommittee on consumer protection in the Commerce Committee. She says that will also have broad jurisdiction looking at the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Traffic Highway Safety Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

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