It’s Time to Audit the Pentagon – And Congress will let it slide, again


❝ In 1994 Congress passed legislation requiring every federal agency to be auditable. Since then every agency has complied — except for the Department of Defense.

❝ “We have known for many years that the Department’s business practices are archaic and wasteful, and its inability to pass a clean audit is a longstanding travesty,” Chairs John McCain and Mac Thornberry of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, respectively, said recently in a joint statement. “The reason these problems persist is simple: a failure of leadership and a lack of accountability.”

Increasing Pentagon spending under these circumstances is the opposite of fiscal responsibility. In fact, giving the Pentagon $54 billion and finding out why later is bad budgeting.

Both the Republican and Democratic party platforms included the need to audit the Pentagon, and Congress should resist calls to give more money to an agency they know to be irresponsible with taxpayer dollars.

Someone mail me a penny postcard when sufficient members of Congress grow enough bony matter reinforcing their spineless lives – and challenge Pentagon incompetence, thievery and collusion in theft from American taxpayers.

3 thoughts on “It’s Time to Audit the Pentagon – And Congress will let it slide, again

  1. Dwight says:

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chair John McCain, a key congressional gatekeeper for Pentagon nominees, said he does not want the Trump administration to nominate any more executives from the top five defense firms to run the Pentagon. Notable industry figures up for DoD jobs include Patrick Shanahan, a Boeing executive tapped to be deputy defense secretary; Ellen Lord, the recent CEO of Textron Systems, for undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics; and David Ehrhart for U.S. Air Force general counsel. It’s widely expected, but not yet announced, that John Rood, Lockheed’s head of international sales, will be nominated for undersecretary of defense for policy. The job is seen as the No. 3 civilian spot in the Pentagon. Lockheed, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman are the top five largest defense contractors in the U.S.
    McCain first raised concerns that the Trump team is leaning too much on industry at Shanahan’s June 21 confirmation hearing. The surprisingly contentious affair included McCain saying defense executives serving in the Pentagon is “not what our Founding Fathers had in mind.”

  2. Update says:

    Pentagon Audit: “There Will Be Unpleasant Surprises” For the first time in its history, the Department of Defense is now undergoing a financial audit. The audit, announced last December, is itself a major undertaking that is expected to cost $367 million and to involve some 1200 auditors. The results are to be reported in November 2018. “Until this year, DoD was the only large federal agency not under full financial statement audit,” Pentagon chief financial officer David L. Norquist told the Senate Budget Committee in March. Considering the size of the Pentagon, the project is “likely to be the largest audit ever undertaken,” he said.

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