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The Need for a Headquarters Marine Corps Comptroller
The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) has led the way in auditability of financial records for the Department of Defense (DoD),becoming the first Service to receive an unqualified opinion of its Schedule of Budgetary Activity (SBA). However, with increased scrutiny by DoD and Congress and the need to remain competitive in an era of declining budgets, it is imperative that the USMC reaches full auditability. The financial management performance at HQMC suffers from an ill-defined financial structure and an uncoordinated oversight. In addition, the financial structure at HQMC does not meet all the regulations on organization and does not follow USMC financial philosophy and command and control (C2) doctrine. The establishment of a legitimate HQMC comptroller will resolve many of the current issues. Comparing the current HQMC financial structure to a proven model, the MEF/MHG model, highlights the inconsistencies. In addition, by understanding the need for legitimacy in the comptroller position, the most accurate location and organizational structure can be identified.
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