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 "Office of Management and Budget":

"… double what it was last year. Jamal Brown, deputy press secretary for the Office of Management and Budget, did not return calls for comment. But other sources said that the adminis …"

"… ut his campaign pledge to end the abuse of emergency funding. In 2009, the Office of Management and Budget set some firm criteria for OCO expenditures, and in 2010, it tightened the …"

"… Peroff, who was the deputy associate director of national security at the Office of Management and Budget until July 2013. And afterwards, the Pentagon sometimes sought — and got …"

"… associate director for national security and international affairs at the Office of Management and Budget in the 1990s and returned briefly to OMB as part of Obama’s transition t …"

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 "Senate committee":

"… ors or even measuring their magnitude, according to a report released by a Senate committee Thursday. Although the Defense Department reported making over $1.1 billi …"

"… he Pentagon. Twenty years ago, GAO delivered a scathing report to the same Senate committee documenting a military payroll system that was so badly managed the Army h …"

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 "Army":

"…  to pay for a new $10 million museum in South Korea lauding the U.S. Army’s years of work there. And there is also sufficient cash to finance …"

"… icient cash to finance millions of dollars worth of netting around an Army golf course at Camp Zama in Japan, helpfully listed as “safety counterme …"

"… , as it is commonly known, is hosted in relatively cloudy Stuttgart by the Army’s European command because no African country wanted it on their soil. A …"

"… 11. Snodgrass worked at the time under the now-retired Africom commander, Army Gen. William Ward, who was demoted last November after a Pentagon probe co …"

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 "Army":

"… the lowest — just 37 percent — followed by the Navy and the Army. The Defense Logistics Agency, which buys weapons parts and supplies troop …"

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 "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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Army":

"… ill has pocket change for: its well-groomed chauffeurs.On Friday, the Army formally solicited new bids to make the grey uniforms used by chauffeurs.& …"

"… ts out, the details suggest the chauffeur force is heavily male.  The Army wants 203 men’s coats and 16 women’s coats, along with 408 men’s shi …"

"… onal fitting in the autumn. The solicitation does not specify how much the Army is prepared to spend.According to the solicitation, the Army chauffeu …"

"… much the Army is prepared to spend.According to the solicitation, the Army chauffeur corps transports “Senior Executive Staffs of the Secretary of …"

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 "Tom Coburn":

"… a good-government goal first set in legislation enacted 18 years ago.Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a member of a subcommittee on federal financial management, is l …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… ly their record on this doesn’t give you a lot of confidence.” …"

"… retary Leon Panetta’s goal of completing a major financial audit for the Pentagon by 2017, according to the inspector general’s report. The aim of such au …"

"… ng to the inspector general’s report. The aim of such audits is give the Pentagon’s top brass a better understanding of how their funds are being spent an …"

"… ed 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 …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… eant to bolster military recruitment efforts for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.Gordon Adams, a former Office of Management and Budget associate director …"

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 "United Airlines Flight 93":

"… ry of the attacks. Three caskets of unidentified remains from the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville were buried there last September.In Pennsylvania, Somerset …"

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 "Congress":

"… on’s public affairs office declined comment.  …"

"… Fund, and the fund to train and equip foreign militaries around the world.Congress agreed and appropriated $825 million.Mullen also supported the State Depar …"

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 "Counterfeit":

"… ubled from 2005 to 2008.Two months later, the GAO reported separately that:Counterfeit routers with high failure rates had been sold to the Navy,Counterfeit …"

"… Counterfeit routers with high failure rates had been sold to the Navy,Counterfeit microprocessors had been sold to the Air Force for use on F-15 flight cont …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… top 12 in need of repair: those at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California; Fort Sill in Oklahoma; and Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.S …"

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 "Wartime Contracting Commission":

"… t proposed,” the report stated.For Charles Tiefer, a commissioner on the Wartime Contracting Commission, the GAO decision on the Blackwater police training contract was “a majo …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Leon Panetta":

"… w the Senate at least wants to see some progress made.” …"

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 "Barbara Boxer":

"… ential hazards,” stated the July 18 letter, which was organized by Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., who chair the Senate Military Family …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… about $13 million for Apache and Chinook helicopter parts, according to a Pentagon inspector general report obtained by the Project on Government Oversight.T …"

"… ent and future Boeing orders with its own inventory, but that there are no Pentagon policies compelling the use of inventory rather than making outside purcha …"

"… inventory rather than making outside purchases.Boeing, the second largest Pentagon contractor in fiscal year 2010, overcharged the Corpus Christi Army Depot …"

"… used as the Air Force bought the same parts from outside contractors.While Pentagon policy encourages exhausting internal inventory before turning to an outsi …"

Grading the schools

By iWatch News

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… ense Department on military installations around the world do not meet the Pentagon’s expectations. Here's the location and military’s own rating of …"

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 "Government Accountability Office":

"… ill satisfy agency requirements.”KGL has filed a formal protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which reviews complaints by losing bidders in government contract c …"

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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