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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Failure to Report -- House leaders seek GAO probe of State Department failure to report Russian nuclear missile treaty violations -- By Bill Gertz, The Washington Free Beacon

Vladimir Putin / APTwo senior House leaders on Friday requested an investigation by Congress’ General Accountability Office (GAO) into the State Department’s failure to report Russian violations of a 1987 nuclear missile accord.

“It is clear from my subcommittee’s oversight that the administration did not fully disclose what it knew about Russian arms control violations when it was trying to get the New START treaty ratified,” said Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Ala.), chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces.

“Its all-consuming drive to protect its Russia reset policy has gutted our missile defenses, alienated allies, and only encouraged Vladimir Putin’s lawlessness,” he said in a statement.

Rogers, along with Rep. Ted Poe (R., Texas), chairman of the Armed Services subcommittee on terrorism, nonproliferation, and trade, asking in a letter to GAO director Gene Dodaro that his office conduct a probe assessing the State Department Bureau for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance for its reporting on compliance concerns related to the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and Russia from from 2008 through 2010.

“We are concerned that the Bureau … did not provide complete information when informing the Senate and the House … of compliance concerns,” the congressmen stated in the March 21 letter.

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