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 "law requiring":

"… he findings. Several accused the Pentagon of failing to comply with a 2010 law requiring federal agencies to identify, prevent and recover payments made in error. …"

"… orking. In addition, GAO said the department did not comply with the 2010 law requiring “recovery audits” to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of procedures to …"

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 "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 "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 "spokeswoman":

"… described as a “cultural thing” afflicting both sides.Cheryl Irwin, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, told the Center that “there …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… nting software. At Accenture, which oversees the Air Force’s new system, spokeswoman Joanne Veto deferred questions to the Air Force. IBM spokeswoman Whitney F …"

"… w system, spokeswoman Joanne Veto deferred questions to the Air Force. IBM spokeswoman Whitney Forster did not return a request for comment on the Navy’s progr …"

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 "American Enterprise Institute":

"… its rising costs before leaving the position last July. In a speech at The American Enterprise Institute, he called the military pay system a “rigid, one-size-fits-all approach …"

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 "New York City":

"… 9,000 human remains recovered from the ruins of the World Trade Center in New York City remain unidentified because they are too degraded to match victims by DNA …"

"… Baldor and Anne Gearan in Washington, Karen Matthews and Amy Westfeldt in New York City, Genaro C. Armas in State College, Pa., and Matt Moore in Philadelphia con …"

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 "engineer":

"… according to the transcript. But the company actually “did not employ an engineer or other quality control expert,” according to a plea agreement signed 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 "War":

"… t proposed,” the report stated.For Charles Tiefer, a commissioner on the Wartime Contracting Commission, the GAO decision on the Blackwater police trai …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… opportunities for military children," said Maj. Monica Matoush, a Pentagon spokeswoman.Among other schools in poor condition were several elementary schools at F …"

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 "Undersecretary":

"… entagon’s senior leadership has acknowledged the problem: a 2010 memo by Undersecretary Ashton Carter, the Pentagon’s senior procurement official, called for gr …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Nelson":

"… cosponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.),  calls on Panetta to “report to Congress . . . on the sta …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… her the Defense Department is in violation of any laws or regulations.Rush spokeswoman Sharon Jenkins said the GAO had yet to respond to the congressman’s requ …"

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 "Project on Government Oversight":

"… ation of the requirement.”Neil Gordon, an investigator for the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, says even though it’s not against the law for the Pentagon to extend Ag …"

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 "Transportation Security Administration":

"… ontroversial use of whole-body imaging of airline passengers. However, the Transportation Security Administration suspended work on trace portal systems because of unreliability, and dogs …"

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 "Inspector General":

"… by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other government entities.FINANCE* The Fed and Treasury Dept. s …"

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