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 "The Pentagon":

"… d. Efforts to obtain further Pentagon comment Thursday were unsuccessful. …"

"… ing invoices and other flawed paperwork, as well as errors in arithmetic. The Pentagon is required by law to ferret out programs susceptible to significant payme …"

"… program that has recovered just one improper payment of $20.79, GAO said. The Pentagon’s payment system is so weak that sometimes it doesn’t pay what’s owe …"

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 "Army":

"… the lowest — just 37 percent — followed by the Navy and the Army. The Defense Logistics Agency, which buys weapons parts and supplies troop …"

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 "deputy assistant secretary":

"… premature,” the GAO said.In response, David G. Ahern, the Pentagon’s deputy assistant secretary for strategic and tactical systems, said he agreed with many of the GAO’ …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Raytheon":

"… accurate estimates of lifecycle costs. On Feb. 6, Frank Kendall, a former Raytheon executive who has been nominated to become the Defense Department’s top …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Secretary of Defense":

"… military budget for waste, fraud and abuse amid soaring federal deficits. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, responding in part to bipartisan pressures, announced Tuesda …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… D prescription discounts to Medicare patients and the government. (OIG) …"

"… fense’s annual financial report.That’s the good news.The bad news: the Pentagon continues to have longstanding material weaknesses with its nearly $700 bi …"

"… sbursements and unreconciled differences between U.S. Treasury records and Pentagon accounting records, the inspector general said.The annual financial statem …"

"… ral said.The annual financial statement may also be misleading because the Pentagon has not clearly identified its potential legal liabilities, the watchdog s …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior official":

"… ivial changes made over the years,” said Tom Christie, a former Pentagon senior official, who was in charge of testing and evaluating weapons during part of the Bu …"