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 …"

Lawmakers criticize Pentagon spending for golf nets, museums and sun rooms

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Payments from countries hosting U.S. troops are diverted to questionable projects, according to Senate report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. military":

"… itary housing used by senior officers in Stuttgart, Germany, a country the U.S. military has begun to flee. There also is enough — amid persistent military …"

"… valued at $200,000, instead of paying the Pentagon in cash for some of the U.S. military buildings being vacated as a quarter of the U.S. forces in Germany depart. …"

"… apanese government under an agreement meant to help defray the cost of the U.S. military’s contribution to Japanese security. But the Senate investigators questi …"

"… ribution to Japanese security. But the Senate investigators questioned the U.S. military’s approval for that work, noting that erecting a fire station needed at …"

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 "The Pentagon":

"… that have reduced the overall number of military vendors in recent years. The Pentagon has implemented its reforms in such a loose fashion that it cannot “syst …"

Hagel warns Pentagon officials that change is coming

By R. Jeffrey Smith

He decries spending on overly costly and risky weapons systems

Generals no longer retire to Vermont — they lobby for contractors in Washington

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Retiring generals find comfy work with defense contractors

Excerpts from this story referencing "William Lynn":

"… during a 2009 hearing on Obama’s nomination of former Raytheon executive William Lynn to become the deputy secretary of defense, “it's an incestuous business, …"

Pentagon spending for non-military programs assailed

By R. Jeffrey Smith

How exactly do defense officials spend $629 billion a year, anyhow?

Excerpts from this story referencing "disease":

"… n sense,” with no connection to national security.Coburn also noted that disease victims and medical specialists have pressured the Pentagon into spending …"

F-35 deputy sees challenges ahead

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Aaron Mehta

New F-35 program deputy gives a candid assessment of flaws in the most expensive weapon in Pentagon history.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lockheed Martin":

"… t the relationship between the Air Force and the plane’s lead contractor Lockheed Martin is “the worst I’ve ever seen.”The Pentagon intends to spend over $1. …"

Amidst cuts, Army outfits chauffeurs

By Aaron Mehta

While the military looks to cut, the Army solicits new uniforms for drivers.

Bipartisan group of lawmakers demands better Pentagon auditing

By Zach Toombs

A Republican-led effort threatens to block major weapons systems if the military services cannot account properly for their expenditures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Pentagon":

"… h new accounting software systems have led to $8 billion in cost overruns. The Pentagon’s inspector general said recently that deadlines for completing the work …"

Pentagon efforts to straighten out bookkeeping face billion-dollar cost overruns

By Zach Toombs

Software troubles cast doubt on Panetta’s promise of an accounting of expenses by 2017.

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Pentagon":

"… warded to Northrop Grumman for work on a high-altitude surveillance plane. The Pentagon’s Inspector General found that money was paid without scrutiny, and Nort …"

"… ce 238 existing systems, at a total cost now estimated to be $15.2 billion.The Pentagon’s top financial office did not contest the findings and promised to trac …"

Congress can’t say no to military pay raises

By Zach Toombs

Soldiering now pays much better than civilian work

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Pentagon":

"… ot the special pay, is responsible for the military’s recruiting success.The Pentagon has proposed leveling off pay increases starting in fiscal year 2015 and h …"

Hiding at the back of the budget book

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A quick take on conflicting information stemming from the Defense Dept's 2013 budget

Partial remains of 9/11 victims went to landfill

By The Associated Press

2011 report finds evidence of 'gross mismanagement' at Delaware's Dover Air Force Base

Excerpts from this story referencing "Karen Matthews":

"… p;Associated Press writers Lolita C. Baldor and Anne Gearan in Washington, Karen Matthews and Amy Westfeldt in New York City, Genaro C. Armas in State College, Pa., …"

Pentagon is the security aid king in Washington

By Rachael Marcus

The latest defense bill gives the Pentagon more than double what the State Department spends on security assistance

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Pentagon":

"… y in Uganda, and a crisis prevention fund shared with the State Department.The Pentagon has argued that supporting foreign forces reduces the chance that U.S. tro …"

"… eign forces reduces the chance that U.S. troops will be deployed overseas. The Pentagon has also long complained that State Department-run aid programs are too sl …"

"… through the State Department, with security assistance funded secondarily.The Pentagon’s public affairs office declined comment.  …"

Counterfeit chips plague Pentagon weapons systems

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Florida case reveals that counterfeit chips can still find their way into weapons systems

Excerpts from this story referencing "China":

"… ly learned, almost all of these parts were produced at a single factory in China, using inferior and recycled materials, while being falsely labeled as the …"

"… ment  Accountability Office.Manufacturers of fake, knock-off chips in China, Taiwan and elsewhere are increasingly targeting the rapidly-growing marke …"

"… attempted to dispatch three committee staff members there this spring, but China refused to grant them visas. “There is a flood of counterfeit parts ente …"

"… nd members of his staff said for example that counterfeit circuits made in China were recently used in a high-altitude Army missile meant to collide with i …"

Pentagon lacks funding to fix public schools on military bases

By Emma Schwartz

A senior Pentagon official says DOD is a billion short of what's needed to fix troubled public schools on military bases

Windfalls of war: Pentagon's competition for contracts abysmal compared to other agencies

By Sharon Weinberger

Pentagon's record of competitive contracts is poor compared to other agencies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate Armed Services Committee":

"… erforming.That award also came under scrutiny when an investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee revealed that a Blackwater subsidiary called Paravant was involved in, amo …"

"… training for the Afghan National Army.Sen. Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wrote to Defense Secretary Robert Gates protesting the imminent award of …"

Many public schools on military bases get poor or failing report card

By Emma Schwartz

Pentagon confirms nearly 40 percent of public schools on bases are in poor or failing condition

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Pentagon":

"… ublic schools can be seen here. Rankings of Pentagon-run schools are here. The Pentagon’s explanation of its rankings can be found here]Among the schools with t …"

Windfalls of war: Pentagon's no-bid contracts triple in 10 years of war

By Sharon Weinberger

Since 9/11, Pentagon's no-bid military contracts have tripled -- to $140 billion

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Pentagon":

"… ntracting, or whether they are the result of poor policies and procedures. The Pentagon maintains that its competition rates are lower because of the nature of th …"

"… , lags behind all other major departments in competitive contracting. The Pentagon's competition rate of about 61 percent places it will below other agencies …"

Healthier food on the menu at some Air Force mess halls but at what cost?

By Alexandra Duszak

Air Force aims to fancy up dining hall chow but at what cost?

IMPACT: Panetta pledges to fix substandard schools on military bases

By Kristen Lombardi

Defense secretary Leon Panetta says DOD leadership will come up with plans to fix substandard schools

IMPACT: Nelson calls conditions at some military base schools "shameful"

By Kristen Lombardi

There have been a flurry of requests from Capitol Hill to repair schools on military bases in the wake of an iWatch News probe

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate race":

"… ary’s minimum standards.Two former Virginia governors locked in a heated Senate race — Democrat Timothy Kaine and Republican George Allen — issued a rare j …"

IMPACT: Senators urge Pentagon to address decrepit military base schools

By Kristen Lombardi

IMPACT: Bipartisan Senate group writes Panetta about military school conditions

Boeing pocketed millions by overcharging Army, IG report finds

By Ben Wieder

Boeing overcharged the Army $13 million for helicopter parts

Grading the schools

By iWatch News

Pentagon rates most of the aging schools it runs as "failing" and "poor"

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 negotiates with indicted contractor, despite suspension

By Amy Biegelsen

For the second time this year, the Pentagon is trying to give a no-bid contract extension to a logistics company operating a supply warehous

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Pentagon":

"… om generators to toilet paper to U.S. soldiers throughout the Middle East. The Pentagon had planned to replace Agility with another contractor to operate the ware …"

Sensitive information posted on Pentagon’s own public Websites, report says

By Laurel Adams

The Pentagon, already embarrassed by WikiLeaks’ publication of classified documents, needs to tighten up management of hundreds of its own w

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Pentagon":

"… etection equipment that can be installed in airport terminal lobbies. (OIG) …"

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 "William Lynn":

"… iable way, said the report, which was prepared by Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn. And the DoD’s accounts payable and accounts receivable use accounting t …"

Pentagon improves security clearance process but focus on quality still needed, report says

By Laurel Adams

After falling behind timelines to complete security clearances for years, the Pentagon has finally caught up, but concerns with the quality

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Pentagon":

"… will review The Pentagon’s compliance status in January 2011.FAST FACT: The Pentagon processed about 630,000 security clearances in 2008 alone.Following are ot …"

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