A long-term blank check for 'war' spending

By Julia Harte

In the federal budget, emergency spending for combat operations is the new normal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… he OCO portion of the separate omnibus appropriations bill for 2015, which Congress is trying to pass before the holidays, another $1.2 billion is set aside f …"

"… a public hearing, based merely on written assent from the four chairmen of Congress’s defense-related committees. Their letters are rarely made public. On …"

"… tter that his panel was concerned that OCO funds, “which are provided by Congress specifically for ongoing combat operations and related efforts,” were be …"

"… gs like these are technically allowed only if some of the OCO funding that Congress has already approved suddenly turns out to be greater than necessary. And …"

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 "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 "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 "Iowa":

"… rn are Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and R …"

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 "White House":

"… o address failings, "so that these types of incidents never happen again," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.The Abizaid report primarily focused on ma …"

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

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 "Fort Sill":

"… ools with the worst rankings in the report was Geronimo Road Elementary at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, one of the schools highlighted in an iWatchNews video about C …"

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?

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

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 "Government":

"… ll as well. On July 12, Congressman Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) requested that the Government Accountability Office  launch an inquiry into the state of base schoo …"

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 "Government":

"… Rush, D-Ill., sent a letter to Gene Dodaro, the Comptroller General of the Government Accountability Office, asking for more information on the military’s bac …"

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"

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… Elementary; Camp Foster, Japan; failing (Q4)Source: Department of Defense Education AgencyNote: School names and ratings are contained in  2008 and 2009 …"

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 "Defense Logistics Agency":

"… barred from federal business following an indictment for billing fraud.The Defense Logistics Agency’s planned extension to Public Warehousing Co., also known as Agility, pr …"

"… ve for Agility declined comment and referred questions to the Pentagon.The Defense Logistics Agency said the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq means the military’s warehouse …"

"… place Agility with another contractor to operate the warehouse.Instead the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the Pentagon unit responsible for contracting for combat supplies, …"

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 …"

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