The Post goes on to say that the Interior Department documented this in a “glossy 24-page brochure”. They weren’t kidding. Whatever the truth of the claims, there’s no question that someone blew a bunch of money on a significant bit of form over content. You can see for yourself at http://www.doi.gov/indiantrust/iimaccounting.pdf. Pure PR.
This case has been going on for years. Everyone agrees that the judge has been particularly pithy in his criticism of the government’s behavior. But fundamentally the problem is that the Interior Department has repeatedly been unable to clean up its act.