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Who is Watching the Defense Dollars?

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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Government Accountability Office

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The Department of Defense does not have a statutory inspector general like those in other major Federal agencies. Instead, the Department has 18 organizations for auditing and investigating its internal operations and Defense contractors. The organizations operate separately and their responsibilities are fragmented among the military services and agencies. For example, the Army has its own internal auditors who are organizationally separate from the Navy and Air Force internal auditors. The Congress is considering legislation H.R. 2098 and S. 1932 that would 1 establish a statutory Defense inspector general, 2 consolidate some of the existing Defense audit and investigative units, and 3 give them more independence and clout. GAO supports the concept of this legislation.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science

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[A, Approved For Public Release]