The sound bites might have been lifted straight from any number of reports issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

"A relatively high incidence of errors at the level of payments was detected. This was linked to poor internal controls in these organizations, and underlines the necessity for the commission to have a comprehensive approach to their supervision, control and audit.""For the remainder of payments' budget -- agricultural spending, structural measures, internal policies and external action - the court is again not in a position to provide an unqualified opinion on the legality and regularity of underlying transactions."

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