Marines First Service to Complete Budget Audit

Marines First Service to Complete Budget Audit

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday that the Marine Corps was the first military service to undergo an audit of its current-year budget statement by the Defense Department Inspector General.

DoD auditors completed the audit on Friday and granted “an unqualified, favorable audit opinion,” according to a Pentagon statement.

“This development marks an important milestone on the path to achieving greater accountability in our financial operations and more effective management of the defense enterprise writ large,” Hagel said in the statement.

By law, since 1990, all federal agency budgets should be audited annually. The Pentagon has yet to meet this legal mandate.

Pentagon officials originally posted a goal of 1996 to start its first audit. The Defense Department watched that deadline sail past. Congress passed a law in 2009 mandating the Pentagon be audit ready by 2017.

Hagel said more work needs to be done to reach this goal, despite the Marine Corps’ efforts, but the defense secretary said he remains committed to the goal.

“There is more work to do in preparing our other military services to pass an audit, but I remain fully committed to making the Pentagon fully audit-ready by 2017,” he said.



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There is absolutely NO connection between passing an audit that makes your books look like a typical corporation balance sheet and income statement and effective military program management. While having a clean set of books is a good thing, it will do absolutely NOTHING to improve the Pentagon’s spendthrift ways or improve its operational performance.

The military needs to complete an audit, every year, without a doubt. All units in the Army, for example, account for all of their equipment, supplies, and funds on an annual basis. If the Army can do that, then all of their installations and facilities can do the same, too.

Paperwork and BS conquered?

How does one do this?

Good to see the Corps get some oversight of finances. But the way the Pentagon is ran I doubt they will stop pork and waste in the service.

I can believe they were the first, naught from naught = naught.… Accounting sheet is balanced.

I don’t quite understand why the auditors have to wait for the DoD to declare itself “ready.” Isn’t the whole point of an audit to be a surprise?

The Corps is notorious for giving back what it doesn’t use every year.

When will the Federal Reserve, HHS, Commerce and The DOE’s be audited?

Only the Corps attempts to live within it budget, and usually succeeds. The Air Force, since its inceoption in 1947, has always broken their budget and the Army and Navy perse can never account for all the equipment and monies they use and still want more.

The Marine Corps has been self audits for decades. My unit received two or more audits per year that included budget justification, status of authorized equipment (serviceable vs unserviceable TE), and combat readiness. Couple times I was the auditor.

Over 27 yrs, never saw any pork in the Marine Corps. Getting funds was a challenge though.

Great work… but that still puts them a few years behind the USCG. The USCG was the first military service to get a clean audit and did it 3 plus years ago and every year since.

The very fact that aren’t “audit ready” proves they are wasting mountains of money. With a civilian staff as large as the Pentagons, they should be able to demonstrate any money trail asked of them.

Recent report, on this site, that USAF has recently put NEW planes directly from the manufacturer into “mothballs” and still is taking and awaiting delivery of more new planes and equipment.

What do you mean the Marine Corps doesn’t waste money? They are on their third try to develop a new amphibious assault vehicle. They spent 23 years and about $3 billion and still don’t have what they need. This from the no nonsense, don’t waste money Marine Corps.

Back in the 60s, we documented every nut, bolt, shell, piece of equipment, and minute of our day. These documents were forwarded to Washington so as to evaluate how to better use our man-hours. One of my buddies, signed out a certain screw, and mailed it to his congressman, to complain that we were over spending on this part, when another less expensive one would work just as well. We never heard back about that screw, but the point being that we were always working to do the job in less time, with less labor, and a savings on equipment.

These aircraft were not requested in the AF’s budget. They were a Congressional add (to support their constituents), but congress neither allocated personnel authorizations to fly and maintain the aircraft, nor operations & maintenance funding to support and sustain them. The AF recommended to the DoD that we put the aircraft in storage for future use or foreign military sales. DoD approved the measure and even Congress (who has ultimate budgetary oversight) did not prevent it.

How can the USCG have a clean audit since three years ago, when if you will read my account of back in the 60s, we accounted for EVERYTHING back then, and even gave back some. The Marines have been doing it since the 60s.

That money is factored into the Research and Development column. It is the same column that any civilian company has or any civilian household uses when they are trying out new items. they may go through many before they find the one that they need to do the job right. How many tools do you have in your own tool chest, and how many are you actually using all of the time? Same story.

Guess you really was not looking too close. Depends what you call define as “pork”


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