Chasing Down the Money: The Pentagon is Auditing the Department of Defense

By Ryan J | USA

Since its inception, the Department of Defense, an organization which receives hundreds of billions of dollars in government funding, has never been audited. To complete such an audacious task, The Pentagon intends on deploying 2,400 auditors who will examine records and bases.

The Pentagon’s chief spokesperson, Dana W. White, stated that the newly announced auditing, “demonstrates our commitment to fiscal responsibility and maximizing the value of every taxpayer dollar that is entrusted to us.”

This is in stark contrast to the Department of Defense’s reputation, which dates back to 1986 when the LA Times reported that contractors were selling screws for $37 and toilet seats for $645. Such a precedent proves to be relevant in this day and age, with former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) slamming $68 billion in frivolous spending: “Using defense dollars to run microbreweries, study Twitter slang, create beef jerky, or examine Star Trek does nothing to defend our nation.”

Or in 2013 when the government scrapped 7 billion in military equipment in Afghanistan.The new audit will be completed by independent financial consultancies to ensure its partiality, with all military agencies being audited under a centralized system. The Government Accountability Office said, “serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense (DOD) that have prevented its financial statements from being auditable.”

Moreover, this audit will fulfill a campaign promise by President Trump that the military will see more oversight, considering its consequential financial improprieties. All in all, this new oversight will prove to be immensely beneficial to the taxpayers of America.