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.

Competition in Pentagon contracting declines

By R. Jeffrey Smith

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

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 "Congress":

"… efense Leon Panetta, Ahern said. He did not mention any plan to send it to Congress or release it to the public. …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Leon Panetta":

"… waste, fraud and abuse amid soaring federal deficits. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, responding in part to bipartisan pressures, announced Tuesday that DOD do …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Defense":

"… ffected the quality of the data collected. (OIG Department of Commerce) …"

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 "Department of Defense":

"… erent items in its military equipment inventory, valued at $91 billion.The Department of Defense estimates it has more than $25 billion in spare parts on hand for possible …"

"… e report said.The National Defense Authorization Act recently required the Department of Defense to submit a plan to Congress, identifying ways it will improve management …"

"… ncluding lack of oversight and failure to follow procedures.FAST FACT: The Department of Defense held $1 billion of military spare parts for which there had been no demand …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Defense":

"… ds submitted, and other details, the Government Accountability Office says.Department of Defense regulations require awards over $3.5 million to be made public the same da …"

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 "Department of Defense":

"… with an error rate of less than one-tenth of one percent, according to the Department of Defense’s annual financial report.That’s the good news.The bad news: the Penta …"

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 "Government Accountability Office":

"… ome systematic management hurdles plaguing the project, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.The watchdog confirms what the Pentagon’s inspector general has p …"

"… , and other health care workers.Other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other gover …"

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