DoD's Audit Goals Achievable, Congressional Inquiry Finds

January 25, 2012

A new report by a special panel of the House Armed Services Committee finds the Defense Department has come up with a solid plan for meeting its deadlines to become auditable, though meeting the goals will take sustained commitment by the military services and continued leadership from the secretary of defense.

It's becoming a familiar storyline: the findings are strikingly similar to earlier opinions offered by the Government Accountability Office, and to the Pentagon comptroller's own assessment of DoD's path toward auditability.

"Although DoD has taken positive steps toward improving financial management and achieving audit readiness, more work must be done for the department to achieve this goal," said Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas). "The strategy needs more detail and refinement in certain areas, but the department has a reasonable strategy and methodology." 

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