Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Jason Chaffetz (R-CA) before testimony on the "Oversight of the State Department" in Washington, U.S. July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/File Photo
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Congressional investigators are demanding documents and contacting witnesses in a wide-ranging probe of the Defense Department's troubled anti-propaganda efforts against the Islamic State.The investigation by the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee follows reporting by The Associated Press in January that uncovered critical problems with the program known as WebOps and revealed conflicts of interest in a new contract potentially worth $500 million to expand psychological operations against terrorist groups.Colsa said it was cooperating with the committee.Others working on the program say that officers and contractors dodged independent oversight.The lawmakers also are demanding information about the award of the new $500 million contract to a team of contractors led by defense giant Northrop Grumman in September, along with allegations that a senior U.S. military officer, Col. Victor Garcia, steered the work to the Northrop team because it included a friend's company, the London-based advertising firm M&C Saatchi.
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