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 "Utah":

"… er to school districts large and small, from California, Texas, Nevada and Utah to Florida, Georgia, Kansas and Michigan.   In California, the San D …"

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 "Inspector General":

"… – to meet the legal deadline. The report by the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General is a reprise of its earlier warnings that the military services are moving …"

Secret court judge attended expenses-paid terrorism seminar

By Chris Young

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

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.

Competition in Pentagon contracting declines

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The military uses less competitive bidding even though single-source work costs more.

Pentagon spending for non-military programs assailed

By R. Jeffrey Smith

How exactly do defense officials spend $629 billion a year, anyhow?

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 "Kelly Ayotte":

"… e financial statements.”Cosponsoring the bill with Sen. Coburn are Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ron Johnson, R-Wis. …"

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 "Paris":

"… ually refunded $206,000 to the Navy in funds that paid for golf outings in Paris, Singapore, and elsewhere.The new systems are supposed to be used by more …"

'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 "Leon Panetta":

"… the next decade. The pending cut has prompted panic from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who said it would cause “an unacceptable risk in future combat ope …"

Public offers mixed support for military healthcare changes

By Aaron Mehta

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

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

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 "Leon Panetta":

"… mber, when lawmakers were discussing the defense budget, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued a dire warning: In a letter to Senators John McCain and Lindsey Gra …"

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 "Uganda":

"… ism forces in East Africa, troops fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, and a crisis prevention fund shared with the State Department.The Pentago …"

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.

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 "Navy":

"… er military service assertions of audit readiness last year — one by the Navy regarding its civilian pay records and another by the Air Force involving …"

"… systems will prevent improper payments like the $1.8 billion given by the Navy in recent years to Northrop Grumman for its work on the Global Hawk high-a …"

"… General concluded those bills were paid without scrutiny, and faulted the Navy for failing to keep track of the equipment it had purchased. Northrop woun …"

"… of the equipment it had purchased. Northrop wound up refunding $206,000 in Navy funds that paid for corporate travel to air shows and golf outings in Pari …"

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 "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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Leon Panetta":

"… n.” Six days later, on July 18, a dozen senators from both parties urged Leon Panetta, the newly appointed defense secretary, to make the repair and replacement …"

"… the defense secretary’s position on the military-base schools?A: I know Leon Panetta well, and believe he’ll be a strong advocate for our military families. …"

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 "Leon Panetta":

"… ing to a 2010 Army report.In a letter to newly appointed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, 12 senators — seven Democrats, four Republicans, and one Independent …"

Resources: How to help - and get help

By iWatch News

Military Children Left Behind: Resources / How to help

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

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

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

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