Eight inflatable boats were bought by the Pentagon in 2010 for $3 million, reports CBS News’ Chip Reid…. Today, however, they sit unused in a navy warehouse in Virginia. “It’s like you gave your credit card to your teenage daughter or son and then you just never looked at the bills,” said John F. Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.
Category One is the Centrist Agenda. This consists of ideas that are uncontroversial but difficult to achieve in practice. They include promoting more efficiency in government contracting and spending, requiring an annual audit of the Pentagon budget…
A new report has detailed how the military has cooked the books to hide trillions, that’s right trillions, in missing money and equipment. The military calls them “plugs,” a curious term for fraud. These are knowingly fake figures used to hide the fact that there is no accurate record of the money…. The study reveals that government accounting records are fraudulent but that congressional oversight has been equally illusory.
The other attempt to turn over a rock and see what’s crawling around under it will be a long haul: the call to audit the Pentagon. The Burgess-Lee amendment to the whopping $600.7 billion FY15 Pentagon budget bill called for an audit; the amendment passed in the House.
Washington has more than 70 inspectors general for its agencies, independent watchdogs mandated by law and ideally immune from political pressure. But none of them make as much noise on a regular basis as [John] Sopko.
Even in an intractable, partisan Congress, Democrats and Republicans can find something to agree upon—that the Department of Defense needs to stop wasting money. Amendment 87: this amendment would require progress reports on how close the Pentagon is to being ready for an audit.
Sadly, few in Congress seem to care that untold billions are squandered every year through wanton mismanagement and neglect. The sad reality is that while Congress feigns shock at yet another revelation that is the result of the Pentagon’s poor accounting — a weapon-system cost overrun or an information-technology system failure — Congress is fully complicit in this scam on American taxpayers.
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The House passed an amendment by Reps. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), to require data on the Pentagon’s $70 billion of conventional ammunition. The Pentagon would be required to modernize its accounting system for ammunition.
For example, the IG said, to work around difficulties in obtaining adequate supporting documentation for prior-year balances, DoD has asserted audit readiness on its schedule of budgetary activity versus the full statement of budgetary resources.