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 "White House":

"… s Contingency Operations (OCO) fund – is supposed to work. The White House in 2011 reaffirmed that the OCO, originally established in 2001 under …"

"… ll -- a slush fund used by the military services, by lawmakers, and by the White House to escape budgetary constraints, officials and independent experts say. Al …"

"… m for some stuff the Pentagon didn’t ask for.’ And then this year, the White House discovered it, with programs like the European Reassurance Initiative.” …"

Children's rights groups urge Defense program to stop giving school cops military hardware

By Susan Ferriss

Groups trying to curb use of police in school discipline urge federal officials not give military weapons to campus police departments.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… ave been handed over to school districts large and small, from California, Texas, Nevada and Utah to Florida, Georgia, Kansas and Michigan.   In Cali …"

"… NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund and public-interest law groups Texas Appleseed of Austin, Texas, and Public Counsel, which is based in Los Ange …"

"… d Education Fund and public-interest law groups Texas Appleseed of Austin, Texas, and Public Counsel, which is based in Los Angeles. Controversy over so-c …"

"… pline, as the Center for Public Integrity has reported.    Both Texas Appleseed and Public Counsel have been active in pushing for states and di …"

Navy at sea with lousy books

By Rebecca LaFlure

The admirals spent nearly a billion dollars to improve their accounting, but then failed to apply what they learned

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… es into the 21st century. ------------------------- Don’t miss a single Center for Public Integrity investigation on military spending.  Sign up now to receive the Cente …"

"… additional comments by August 19. These concerns may sound familiar: The Center for Public Integrity reported in October 2011 that military financial systems are in worse shap …"

Secret court judge attended expenses-paid terrorism seminar

By Chris Young

Secret court member embroiled in phone records controversy attended expenses-paid terrorism seminar.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Petroleum Institute":

"… d sponsored by the conservative Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, among others. He and Posner did not imm …"

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 …"

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 "Defense Logistics Agency":

"… t — just 37 percent — followed by the Navy and the Army. The Defense Logistics Agency, which buys weapons parts and supplies troops in the field, did much bette …"

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 "Government":

"… es experienced on the battlefield, such as breast and prostate cancer. The Government Accountability Office concluded last February that these programs are ofte …"

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.

'Drastic' defense cuts would set the clock back only to 2006

By Zach Toombs

The Congressional Budget Office suggests that budget sequestration may not gut the defense budget.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of Management and Budget":

"… nse budget mostly level over the next 10 years.Gordon Adams, a former Office of Management and Budget associate director for national security and international affairs under P …"

Public offers mixed support for military healthcare changes

By Aaron Mehta

The public supports reducing some military healthcare and personnel expenses, but not others.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… ard members in 2003 and in 2006 pushed for raised fees similar to what the Obama administration has called for in its latest budget. The problem also haunt …"

"… Everybody knows that we’re being eaten alive by health care.”Under the Obama administration’s 2013 budget, non-active military employees in TRICARE, …"

"… t than cutting other military programs.But overall, a proposal by the Obama administration to raise the annual premium on the families of military ret …"

"… .Korb, the author for a recent study on military benefits, argues that the Obama budget is not really making cuts to TRICARE, but rather is bringing costs …"

The black hole of improper payments

By Aaron Mehta

Pentagon is not ready to meet 2010 legal requirement for data on misspending.

Billions of dollars for fancy software and where has it gotten them?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

New army and air force software produces errors not efficiency

Excerpts from this story referencing "Claire McCaskill":

"… bats flew from other Democrats, as well as Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), in a statement released May 29, said that "as a former auditor, w …"

Fighting in Afghanistan without pay

By Aaron Mehta

Soldier in Afghanistan goes six weeks without receiving paycheck

Puncturing the hot air balloons on defense spending

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Rhetoric confuses reality, as Obama's defense budget proposal would shift planned spending by less than one percent

Excerpts from this story referencing "Robert Gates":

"… a new military strategy after a year-long study, then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called it an “important and historic” account of how the Pentagon woul …"

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 "Mike Mullen":

"… 415 million for these funds, or around $100 million less than in 2011.Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate subcommittee in Febr …"

Navy accounting remains in shambles

By Alexandra Duszak

GAO raises concerns that Navy may not be ready for its audit in 2017

Undaunted, Senator still trying to close decrepit schools on military bases

By Rachael Marcus

The Senate won't take up a proposal to close Defense Department-run schools. But the plan's architect vows to try again.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fort Sill":

"… ing, public-school-run military base schools. As iWatch News reported, the Fort Sill-based school has termite-infested walls, air conditioning so archaic it dr …"

Pentagon's accounting shambles may cost an additional $1 billion

By R. Jeffrey Smith

DOD said its books wouldn't be clean until 2017; Panetta wants to move the deadline up

Excerpts from this story referencing "Marine Corps":

"… rial and errorA trial audit last year of $4 billion in war spending by the Marine Corps ended badly. Although the corps’ leadership asserted that it was fully p …"

"… emains plagued by problems that have prevented its widespread use. And the Marine Corps, which briefly considered adopting the same program, eventually decided to …"

Windfalls of war: KBR, the government's concierge

By Sharon Weinberger

After a decade of war, KBR's umbrella contract tops $37 billion

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 "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 …"

Resources: How to help - and get help

By iWatch News

Military Children Left Behind: Resources / How to help

Excerpts from this story referencing "Military":

"… resent any endorsements of particular viewpoints, groups or goals.National Military Family Association A nonprofit organization which for four decades ha …"

"… d children of the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines, among other services.The Military Child Education Coalition A nonprofit organization focused on quality …"

"… education agency oversees 194 schools on Military installations worldwide.Military OneSource A tip line provided by the Department of Defense for milita …"

"… om teachers. Nine in 10 Military children attend public schools.Operation: Military Kids The U.S. Army’s collaboration with 43 organizations to provide …"

Army, Marines aren't reporting military readiness details on the same basis

By Laurel Adams

Army and Marines systems to track resources and readiness aren't on same wavelength

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… ign plans, determine unit readiness and analyze the resource shortages.The Government Accountability Office found that the services are not meeting reporting deadlines or linking res …"

Health insurance eats up 9 percent of Pentagon’s total budget

By Laurel Adams

The cost of health insurance for active duty and retired military personnel has increased from $19 billion in 2001 to $49 billion in 2010. T

State and USAID struggle with contractors, putting billions at risk

By Laurel Adams

Obama’s budget request for State Department and USAID included an 8 percent increase over last year, up to $55.7 billion, but the GAO has fo

Lack of contract oversight puts billions at risk

By Laurel Adams

Federal agencies are increasingly reliant on contractors but many struggle to manage them and therefore expose billions in taxpayer dollars

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Contract Audit Agency":

"… dblocks to contractor oversight. The watchdog also found problems with the Defense Contract Audit Agency, the Pentagon’s contract management office. The agency experienced confl …"