POW/MIA Accounting Agency to speed up remains identification
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published: August 15, 2016
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — The reorganized agency tasked with accounting for the nation’s missing warfighters has improved its communication with family members and boosted cooperation with outside partners to find and retrieve remains, say some advocates involved in the effort.
But those observers also wonder whether the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which reached full operational capacity in January, will flounder with the sudden July departure of its first director, Michael Linnington. While DPAA officials say the overhaul and reforms are well-established, critics contend that inefficiencies and lack of transparency still dog the agency.
Linnington stayed for only a year, despite repeated promises to families of missing servicemembers that he was in the job for the long haul.
“It’s really hard to say what exactly the positives are,” said Ann Mills-Griffiths, chairman of the board for the National League of POW/MIA Families. “Things were in a state of complete flux at the time that Linnington decided to step out.”