Why Cutting Defense Spending Doesn’t Keep Me Up At Night
Well the real reason is that I’m usually exhausted. But #2 on the list is all of the wasteful spending at DOD. The Office of Management and Budget recently completed a scorecard showing 23 of 24 agencies are on their way to being able to pass fiscal audits. DOD is the one failure. Truthout explains the consequences.
After working on many qui tam whistleblower DoD lawsuits to return contractors’ ill-gotten gains to the federal government, I have learned that defense contractors and the DoD actually benefit from fiscal chaos because it makes it very hard to prove fraud when you can’t even follow the money. Being “unauditable,” as the DoD calls it, has its benefits, because it creates an inherent lack of accountability. The Congress just hands over the money each year to the DoD while tepidly asking for the DoD to get its fiscal house in order. The DoD and the military services have spent billions and billions of dollars on accounting programs that don’t even talk to each other.
I’m often skeptical of claims that curbing waste fraud and abuse can save money. However at the Defense Department, the numbers are so big that perhaps the sequester will force Secretary Panetta and the leaders at the Department to curb the most egregious problems.Click here for reuse options!
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