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Dec. 17, 2010—The Air Force leadership recently took administrative action against five generals after a lengthy Defense Department comptroller investigation concluded that they had a role in obligating $87 million too much for Air Force permanent-change-of-station moves when they managed the account in 2005.

Receiving letters of admonishment this fall were Gen. Roger Brady, Gen. Stephen Lorenz, Lt. Gen. Glenn Spears, Maj. Gen. Anthony Przybyslawski, and now-retired Brig. Gen. Sandra Gregory.

In 2005, Brady oversaw personnel issues on the Air Staff and Lorenz managed the Air Force's budget. The others also held high USAF budget and personnel positions.

The Air Force issued a release, dated Dec. 3, announcing the administrative action, but without disclosing the names of the generals, which Air Forces Times first reported earlier this week.

"Everyone is accountable for their actions, and we expect the highest standards of conduct from everyone in the Air Force—regardless of rank—and senior leaders have a special responsibility to those who follow them," said Air Force Secretary Michael Donley in a statement provided to the Daily Report.

The five generals were among the nine Air Force officials in total whom the investigation found to have violated the Anti-Deficiency Act by "improperly" charging expenses related to PCS moves to different fiscal years, according to the Air Force release.

The investigation found one of the generals responsible for a violation, while the other four contributed to the problem through their action or inaction, according to information that Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Todd Vician provided to the Daily Report.

"The DOD comptroller's investigation determined that the individuals involved did not violate the ADA willfully or knowingly, however, the individuals failed to meet our standards. They have, therefore, been the subject of administrative actions," stated Donley in the USAF release.

The time needed for completion of the comptroller investigation held up the Brady's and Lorenz's planned retirements.

Lorenz stepped down as Air Education and Training Command boss last month, with Gen. Edward Rice succeeding him. Lorenz's retirement takes effect on Jan. 1.

Brady left as commander of US Air Forces in Europe just this past Monday, replaced by Gen. Mark Welsh. Brady's retirement becomes effective come Feb. 1. 

Spears now commands 12th Air Force at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Przybyslawski is special assistant to the commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson AFB, Colo. Gregory retired in Nov. 2006.

The Air Force said it corrected the PCS over-obligation with a reprogramming of funds in 2006 and 2010 from other Air Force funding sources after Congress' approval.

USAF officials also took "immediate and substantive actions" to correct the problems and prevent a recurrence, according to the release. Among them, they changed accounting methods, modified regulations, clarified responsibilities, increased staffing, retrained personnel, and established a combined personnel and financial management review body.