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Account Balance.

I enjoyed Tim Cavanaugh's article ("Account Balance," August/September) but believe it only touched the tip of the iceberg. In contrast to the public mess of Worldcom, Enron, Tyco, etc., U.S. citizens have no clue of the rampant fiscal abuse that takes place every day within our government.

I offer you the Bureau of Prisons, where we blindly entrust a government agency with no direct oversight to spend our tax dollars without being required to provide audited financials to justify expenditures.

In the month of August at one federal prison camp, thousands of dollars worth of goods and equipment were destroyed. Some of these items were used military surplus, but more than half were brand-new items, some of which were still in original containers. According to a former guard who contacted my organization, there is no requirement to inventory such goods. We indict and jail corporate officers for not complying with similar requirements.

Ellen M. Salisbury

Federal Prison Policy Project

Reynoldsburg, OH
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Salisbury, Ellen M.
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Dec 1, 2003
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