12/10/13: The New York Times reports Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has expanded an internal review of the Navy’s ship-supply contracts, in a new sign that overbilling practices discovered in the Pacific could be occurring worldwide. In a memorandum released Monday, the secretary ordered a high-ranking Navy official to examine how the service awards hundreds of millions of dollars worth of business around the globe. Mr. Mabus also asked auditors to look at how the Navy could better police contractors providing food, tugboats and port security for its vessels. Mr. Mabus’s action comes after the service suspended two of its biggest supply contractors. Both are under investigation by the Justice Department for inflating their billings by millions of dollars through various schemes, and the Navy has had to scramble to find replacements in some regions. The owner of its main ship supplier in the Pacific, Leonard Glenn Francis, was arrested in September on charges of conspiring to bribe three Navy officials with cash, trips and prostitutes. In exchange for those bribes, investigators say, those officials, who have also been charged with crimes, helped divert ships to certain ports where Mr. Francis’s company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, submitted vastly inflated bills. The Navy canceled more than $200 million of contracts with Glenn Defense Marine in October. Naval investigators estimate that its fraudulent billings totaled at least $20 million.