Pentagon’s Internal Feud Over Contract Auditing Takes a New Twist
March 8, 2013
The ongoing dispute over the quality of work at the Defense Contract Audit Agency took a new turn on Thursday with the release of a Defense Inspector General’s Office report criticizing the professional judgment used in DCAA assignments dating back to 2010 and earlier.
The March 7 report -- which the deputy IG acknowledged was delayed for two years while the office’s staff focused more on DCAA hotlines than audits -- covered quality assurance reviews on 50 DCAA reports completed in the first half of fiscal 2010.
“DCAA did not exercise professional judgment in performing 37 (74 percent) of the assignments reviewed,” the IG team concluded. “The abundance of non-compliances with standards identified in the 37 assignments evidenced the need for improvements in the area of competence at DCAA.”