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 "Tom Carper":

"… o waste and fraud. This is simply unacceptable,” said Committee Chairman Tom Carper, D-Del., who co-sponsored the law with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and ot …"

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 "broadband":

"… cy spectrum that the Romanian government may want for some of its wireless broadband communications, the GAO notes. As a result, either the radio or the broadb …"

"… adband communications, the GAO notes. As a result, either the radio or the broadband devices will need modification.It’s not hard to imagine that, given a ch …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "transportation":

"… change expiration dates on food products and conspired with the owner of a transportation company to file false claims and overstate the cost of shipping the food. …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Pentagon":

"… priority programs in light of DOD’s fiscal challenges,” the GAO warned.The Pentagon has not set up procedures to help military departments reach a consensus o …"

"… tum and progress in achieving reforms in the long term,” the report said.The Pentagon’s budget goal for the next five years asks each military department to f …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other government entities. NATIONAL SECURITYThe U.S. Coast Guar …"

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 "The Pentagon":

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

"… highest priority placed on information most useful for decision-making.”The Pentagon is required to clean up its financial statements and have them ready for a …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other government entities:FINANCE* IRS is training employees fo …"

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 "president":

"… re in 2008 dollars).The question of how to change the system has bedeviled presidents, members of Congress and a dedicated cadre of reformers for years. In fac …"