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 "Congress":

"… hen use statistical sampling to estimate the size of those errors, so that Congress can determine the size of the problem. But GAO found defense finance offic …"

"… for these mistakes, but for doing a poor job of reporting on the issue to Congress. In one instance, the department claimed it would recover $67.6 million in …"

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 "Seoul":

"… occurring in South Korea. The movement of U.S. forces out of a garrison in Seoul to a military base 40 miles south, known as Camp Humphreys, has sparked th …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… tracts as one of the signal mistakes of the U.S. interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, contributing to the waste of billions of dollars in those conflicts. Yet …"

Hagel warns Pentagon officials that change is coming

By R. Jeffrey Smith

He decries spending on overly costly and risky weapons systems

Excerpts from this story referencing "Leon Panetta":

"… ear that everything done by his two predecessors — Robert Gates and Leon Panetta — is now up for grabs, due to the austere fiscal climate and Hagel …"

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 "The Pentagon":

"… e Pentagon may not be “unbiased,” due to their new financial interests.The Pentagon’s rules only require a one-year wait before retired generals can contact …"

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 "Stimson Center":

"… tired admiral, and ten other former officials and experts organized by the Stimson Center, a nonprofit research group in Washington. It concluded that the Pentagon …"

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 "inspector":

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

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 "Stimson Center":

"… of budgeting for the foreign affairs and defense program at the nonprofit Stimson Center, said software contracting is often complicated. “Software moves particu …"

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 "Iraq":

"… It was meant to bolster military recruitment efforts for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.Gordon Adams, a former Office of Management and Budget ass …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Robert F. Hale":

"… the number dropped to 58.5 percent in 2011, according to the comptroller, Robert F. Hale. That was below 2009’s tally of 62.5 percent, which means that the admin …"

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 "Associated Press":

"… n against the workers who initially reported the mortuary problems.By Associated Press writers Pauline Jelinek and  Robert Burns. Associated Press writ …"

"… nbsp;Associated Press writers Pauline Jelinek and  Robert Burns. Associated Press writers Lolita C. Baldor and Anne Gearan in Washington, Karen Matthews and …"

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 "Stimson Center":

"… Act, have been steadily expanding, according to a March 2011 report by the Stimson Center, a nonprofit research group in Washington.The expansion has largely come a …"

"… ograms, responsibilities and authorities of the Secretary of State,” the Stimson Center’s report said. By supporting mostly foreign military programs, “you en …"

"… truments which are least democratic fundamentally,” said Gordon Adams, a Stimson Center expert on military budgets and former associate director of national secur …"

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 "Patrick J. O'Reilly":

"… pokespersons at Raytheon also did not reply to a request for comment. Gen. Patrick J. O'Reilly, the MDA director, said Tuesday that his agency was working to find counte …"

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 "The Pentagon":

"… contract, The Pentagon could avoid holding a new full and open competition.The Pentagon’s decision raised an immediate issue: DynCorp was the incumbent on the c …"

"… d contracts: it competed almost 77 percent of its contract dollars in 2010.The Pentagon defends its overall record. “The FY10 competition rate of 61.7 percent i …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Army":

"… al 2009, according to Government Executive. …"

"… ined by the Project on Government Oversight.The report also found that the Army could fulfill more than $200 million worth of current and future Boeing or …"

"… st Pentagon contractor in fiscal year 2010, overcharged the Corpus Christi Army Depot for 18 different parts, including $3,369.48 for a plain stud availab …"

"… or 18 different parts, including $3,369.48 for a plain stud available from Army inventory for $190, a 1,673 percent markup over the Army price. A roller a …"

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 "Food":

"… ntract than start a new relationship with a new contractor.Suspended After Food Contract IndictmentAgility was indicted Nov. 9, 2009 on charges of fraudul …"

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 "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 …"

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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