Arlington Cemetery Missing $12M

Senator Claire McCaskill faults 'gross incompetence'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2012 12:20 PM CST
File photo of graves at Arlington, adorned with wreaths.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Add this to the many, many, many problems of Arlington National Cemetery: About $12 million is missing, reports the Washington Post. Federal auditors say they can't find a trace of the money, allocated between 2004 and 2010. The news emerged at a Senate hearing yesterday, and Claire McCaskill has a guess:

“It’s not clear if it was returned, if it was spent, or where it is," said the Missouri senator, who made a point to praise the work of the cemetery's new leadership in cleaning house. “I don’t think there is any indication of people walking out with it. I think this is incompetence ... gross incompetence.” (Read more Arlington National Cemetery stories.)

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