By Ramsey Cox
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report shows that thousands of Department of Defense (DOD) employees and contractors owe the government more than $700 million in taxes.
According to the GAO report, “Security Clearances: Tax Debts Owed by DOD Employees and Contractors,” 83,000 employees and contractors eligible for security clearance owe $730 million in unpaid taxes.
Coburn said these “tax cheats” could jeopardize national security.
“Federal tax cheats with security clearances jeopardize both our national and economic security, and could unnecessarily put our nation’s classified information at risk,” Coburn said. “We must take prudent precautions not only to enhance our security, but also to encourage federal employees to pay their share of taxes and live by the same rules that so many hard working Americans do.”
Coburn serves as ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.