Audit the Pentagon Initiative

Audit the Pentagon Initiative The transpartisan Audit the Pentagon initiative urges cutting Pentagon spending until it can pass the annual audit required by law 20 years ago.

The Pentagon's accounting system is a broken mess. The Defense Department is the only major federal agency that cannot pass an audit -- and DOD has no serious target date to do so. It is time to get DOD to comply with the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990. Audit the Pentagon works to reject the failed philosophy that defense dollars are too important to count. We believe that defense dollars are too important to waste.

The Pentagon's accounting system is a broken mess. The Defense Department is the only major federal agency that cannot pass an audit -- and DOD has no serious target date to do so. It is time to get DOD to comply with the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990. Audit the Pentagon works to reject the failed philosophy that defense dollars are too important to count. We believe that defense dollars are too important to waste.

Mission: Advocacy to get the Pentagon to pass the routine financial audit required by the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990.

The OCO is the least audited part of the Pentagon budget.
06/28/2017
Off-Budget, Not Out of Mind

The OCO is the least audited part of the Pentagon budget.

The Overseas Contingency Operations account is just a slush fund for the Pentagon.

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05/04/2017

Audit the Pentagon Initiative's cover photo

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05/04/2017

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05/04/2017

Thank you for your interest. As of early May 2017, the Audit the Pentagon initiative is being revived after some months of dormancy. The website has been taken down temporarily for renovation. Pls check the website in mid-May.

Great piece.
03/07/2017
US military wasting money

Great piece.

Financial mismanagement is rampant at the Pentagon. And the Trump administration wants to give them tens of billions dollars more.

04/07/2016
Uncontrollable—Pentagon and Corporate Contractors Too Big to Audit | The Nader Page

Nice piece by Ralph Nader, who was on this issue early: https://blog.nader.org/2016/03/17/uncontrollable-pentagon-and-corporate-contractors-too-big-to-audit/

Uncontrollable—Pentagon and Corporate Contractors Too Big to Audit Posted March 17, 2016 By Ralph Nader March 17, 2016 The Reuters report put this colossal dereliction simply: “A law in effect since 1992 requires annual audits of all federal agencies—and the Pentagon alone has never complied.” All $…

06/13/2013

Unfortunately, the House Rules Committee (which sets the terms of floor debate) did NOT allow consideration of the Lee-Burgess-Schakowsky Audit the Pentagon amendment. We'll be back in coming months. Meanwhile, thanks again to Reps. Lee, Burgess and Schakowsky!

Leadership in action: Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) testifies at House Rules Cmte in favor of the bipartisan Lee-Burgess-S...
06/12/2013

Leadership in action: Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) testifies at House Rules Cmte in favor of the bipartisan Lee-Burgess-Schakowsky Audit the Pentagon amendment to the defense bill.

06/12/2013

Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) plan to offer this week a bipartisan "Audit the Pentagon" floor amendment to HR 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2014.

The Audit the Pentagon floor amendment would slightly reduce FY2014 spending for any military department or defense agency that does not pass an audit on its FY2013 spending.

Any savings go to deficit reduction.

The amendment would apply to each military department and defense agency separately, leaving unaffected those which pass an audit. For example, the Marines would be held harmless if they could pass an audit while the Air Force was unauditable. This creates an incentive for each service to get its house in order.

Specifically, in FY2014 the amendment would impose a very small (.5%, one-half of one percent) reduction in the Budget Authority of any military department or defense agency that did not have at least a qualified (meaning OK, with some reservations) audit for FY2013.

Within the department or agency, SecDef would have discretion to apply any cuts in manner to minimize effect on national security.

Exempted from any cuts would be certain military personnel and health accounts.

09/21/2012
Congresswoman Barbara Lee : Press Releases : Congresswoman Barbara Lee Seeks Defense Budget Transpar

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) today introduced the "Audit the Pentagon Act of 2012" in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would cut 5% from spending of any agency whose accounting is unauditable. This is an excellent bill that would impose consequences for the Pentagon's chronic failure to properly account for taxpayer money. Here's her press release:
http://lee.house.gov/press-releases/congresswoman-barbara-lee-seeks-defense-budget-transparency-with-latest-bill/

Contact: Katherine Jolly (510) 763-0370 Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced the “Audit the Pentagon Act of ...

Rand Paul to speak out Tue Aug 28. He is framing the debate as cut because they cannot audit, which is much better than ...
08/27/2012
Rand Paul’s message to Republican convention: ‘Audit the Pentagon’

Rand Paul to speak out Tue Aug 28. He is framing the debate as cut because they cannot audit, which is much better than the Coburn bill.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/rand-paul-message-republican-convention-audit-pentagon-230638244.html

TAMPA -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will use his prime-time speaking slot at the Republican National Convention to urge party members to be more open to scrutinizing military spending, a position that puts him in the minority within the GOP. Paul made the remarks Sunday when he addressed thousands of s...

03/31/2010

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