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.

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 "Air Force":

"… ts total contract spending. In fiscal year 2008, it was 62.6 percent. The Air Force rate was the lowest — just 37 percent — followed by the Navy …"

"… ments, which typically specify a particular weapon and supplier. Also, the Air Force and Navy tend to buy large equipment in small numbers from specialized sup …"

"… 08,” the GAO said. And when foreign sales are removed from the data, the Air Force competition rate still was only 49.8 percent. The worsening statistics be …"

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 "Christmas":

"… e stops being a general?” crooned Bing Crosby in the 1954 movie “White Christmas.” “Who’s got a job for a general when he stops being a general?”Al …"

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 "The Pentagon":

"… to make it look human … the robot must be able to interact socially.” The Pentagon defended the study, funded under a $450,000 grant, as necessary to “enha …"

"… id The Pentagon can save $9.1 billion over ten years by shutting them down.The Pentagon should also keep its nose out of product development efforts being pursued …"

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 "The Pentagon":

"… ne’s lead contractor Lockheed Martin is “the worst I’ve ever seen.”The Pentagon intends to spend over $1.5 trillion over the next thirty years on the F-35 …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… -Texas, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Rand Paul, R-Ky. …"

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 "Secretary of Defense":

"… s begun in 2004 — and a swelling of the armed forces’ top ranks.Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pushed, to no avail, for major changes to Pentagon compensati …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… ified remains with great respect. ... I would want to know more."President Barack Obama was informed of the review and supports the Pentagon's plan to address fai …"

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 "Department of Defense":

"… oversight of security assistance - including military training - with the Department of Defense responsible for implementation. After 9/11, the Pentagon has assumed more …"

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 "Raytheon":

"… re made in China and sold as scrap to a broker that in turn sold them to a Raytheon subcontractor, he said. “Raytheon did not know about the problem until t …"

"… o a broker that in turn sold them to a Raytheon subcontractor, he said. “Raytheon did not know about the problem until the committee discovered it, and as a …"

"… A Pentagon spokesperson had no immediate response, and spokespersons at Raytheon also did not reply to a request for comment. Gen. Patrick J. O'Reilly, the …"

"… prevented  VisionTech’s sales of fake circuits to parts buyers for Raytheon Missile Systems, BAE Systems, and Northrop Grumman, among others. Wren cla …"

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 "Department of Defense":

"… front company for the contract; made false official statements and misled Department of Defense officials in its proposal documents; misappropriated government weapons an …"

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 "head":

"… velopment based on state grants” and federal funds, says Pete Bitar, the head of the company. “I cashed out my 401(k).”The bomb fighting contract is …"

"… ted and no-bid contracting, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, captured headlines in the early days of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, whe …"

"… the memo states.However,  campaign pledges and memos have made little headway in combating the problem. “The lack of competition in the Defense Dep …"

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?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Defense":

"… ata for the eighth objective, ‘providing a sense of community,’” the Department of Defense (DoD) wrote in response to the GAO report.The DoD agreed with all GAO reco …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… R-Okla.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.),  calls on Panetta to “report to Congress . . . on the status and improvement plan” for all 149 of the Pentagon’ …"

"… an funneling money into its own substandard schools after a 2008 report to Congress. As reported by the iWatchNews investigation, the Defense Department’s e …"

"… rs to replace or renovate 134 of its 194 schoolhouses — at $3.7 billion. Congress has committed only $484 million for the current fiscal year, enough to rep …"

"… bstandard base schools operated by local districts this fiscal year, which Congress passed in April.Advocates for military families believe they now have mome …"

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 "Congress":

"… ecome one."  There's been action on Capitol Hill as well. On July 12, Congressman Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) requested that the Government Accountability Office …"

"… an immediate update” on the Pentagon’s progress since its reports to Congress, in 2008 and 2009, on funding its most dire military-base schools. Why wri …"

"… fix its “poor” and “failing” schools being reviewed by members of Congress? Is anyone questioning why it’s taking so long?A: Some of us in Congress …"

"… Congress? Is anyone questioning why it’s taking so long?A: Some of us in Congress have asked the new defense secretary to make these schools a top priority. …"

IMPACT: Senators urge Pentagon to address decrepit military base schools

By Kristen Lombardi

IMPACT: Bipartisan Senate group writes Panetta about military school conditions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… t letter requested the GAO answer about a dozen detailed questions to help Congress address the issue, including the amount of money appropriated for Pentagon …"

"… ngressional attention is unique. “We haven’t had too many letters from Congress to the secretary of Defense,” explained Joyce Raezer, who heads the Nati …"

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 "Department of Defense":

"… neral report.A review of 436 of the Pentagon’s public websites found the Department of Defense failed to properly manage them, maintain an inventory of them, and ensure …"

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 …"

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 "Department of Homeland Security":

"… rushed through course materials or not receiving adequate training time. (Department of Homeland Security)* The Navy's public shipyards, which support fleet readiness and worldwide …"

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