Pentagon may be wasting a billion dollars a year in erroneous payments to contractors

By Richard H.P. Sia

Check-writing mistakes are said to be huge but the military is not tracking the problem closely enough to know for sure.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate committee":

"… ors or even measuring their magnitude, according to a report released by a Senate committee Thursday. Although the Defense Department reported making over $1.1 billi …"

"… he Pentagon. Twenty years ago, GAO delivered a scathing report to the same Senate committee documenting a military payroll system that was so badly managed the Army h …"

Competition in Pentagon contracting declines

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The military uses less competitive bidding even though single-source work costs more.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Logistics Agency":

"… t — just 37 percent — followed by the Navy and the Army. The Defense Logistics Agency, which buys weapons parts and supplies troops in the field, did much bette …"

Missile defenses hobbled by uncertainties

By R. Jeffrey Smith

GAO report suggests the timetable for $80 billion missile defense effort may be driven by wishful thinking.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cornell University’s Judith Reppy Institute":

"… eorge Lewis, a missile defense specialist and senior research associate at Cornell University’s Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.One problem is the sheer difficulty of accu …"

Billions of dollars for fancy software and where has it gotten them?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

New army and air force software produces errors not efficiency

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Brown":

"… hen I hear reports like this, it's like fingernails on a chalkboard." Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) commented that "it is simply unacceptable that Department leader …"

Pentagon misreports or ignores long-term weapons costs

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Reports to congress ignore or omit long-term weapons costs

Pentagon's accounting shambles may cost an additional $1 billion

By R. Jeffrey Smith

DOD said its books wouldn't be clean until 2017; Panetta wants to move the deadline up

Half of Pentagon’s acquisition programs marred by poor management

By Laurel Adams

Over the past two years, Pentagon spending has increased by $135 billion, growing to a total of $1.68 trillion. Almost half of the increase

Lack of contract oversight puts billions at risk

By Laurel Adams

Federal agencies are increasingly reliant on contractors but many struggle to manage them and therefore expose billions in taxpayer dollars

Pentagon criticized for falling short on efficiencies

By Laurel Adams

The Department of Defense spends billions of dollars every year to maintain contract management, finances, and weapon acquisition. A report

Pentagon’s military inventory needs better housekeeping

By Laurel Adams

Owning spare and replacement parts for complex weapon systems and military equipment is essential to military preparedness, but buying, trac

Most contract awards posted on Pentagon Website omit key information

By Julie Vorman

Most of the contract awards announced each day on the Pentagon’s public website are missing some of the information required about dollar am

Pentagon’s annual financial report still unreliable, inconsistent

By Julie Vorman

The Pentagon issued $1.5 billion in payments every business day in fiscal 2010 with an error rate of less than one-tenth of one percent, acc

DOD struggles with medical e-records system

By Laurel Adams

The Department of Defense (DOD) has struggled since 1988 to establish a comprehensive medical records database for the 9.6 million service m

Pentagon contract reform: A decades-old conversation

By Nick Schwellenbach

President Obama told us last week that "the days of giving defense contractors a blank check are over.” Well, maybe. Reforming Pentagon cont