A federal report shows the Department of Energy office in Oak Ridge approved salaries for a clean-up contractor that cost too much.
A review found the Oak Ridge office didn't follow proper procedures when it approved executive salaries for UCOR, a clean-up contractor at the East Tennessee Technology Park.
The annual salaries for the top 10 executives ranged from more than $229,000 a year to $360,000 a year. That's anywhere from three to 84 percent higher than the market rates calculated by the human resources office.
Inspectors say the higher salaries cost the government more than $3.4 million.
Managers at the Oak Ridge office told inspectors that the salaries were in the middle range of the competitive proposals they received for the contract. They also said the salaries were comparable to similar positions for other DOE clean-up contractors.
Inspectors suggested some policy clarifications to keep the same problem from happening again.