Approximately 83,000 employees and contractors who work for the Department of Defense, and are eligible for a security clearance, owe more than $730 million in unpaid federal taxes, according to a new government report.

The report, released Monday by the Government Accountability Office, examined the tax liabilities of DOD employees and contractors who held or were determined eligible for secret, top secret, or sensitive compartmented information clearances, or related interim clearance as of June 30, 2012. The Defense Department reported to the GAO that about 3.2 million civilian and military employees and contractors held or were approved for similar clearances from Jan. 1, 2006, to Dec. 31, 2011, which was the time frame for the GAO’s analysis.

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