The Treasury Department's inspector general is accusing the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency of repeatedly violating laws requiring competitive bidding for contracts, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

In one $25 million computer contract, the agency may have racked up $600,000 in unnecessary expenses by using middlemen. The report's findings were summarized in a letter to Comptroller John D. Hawke Jr. from two Republican House subcommittee chairmen, Reps. Spencer Bachus of Alabama and Peter King of New York.

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