The Lady Speaks

DoD, DHS Fail Audits

Anyone surprised?

From the AP:

Ten years after Congress ordered federal agencies to have outside auditors review their books, neither the Defense Department nor the newer Department of Homeland Security has met even basic accounting requirements, leaving them vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse.

An Associated Press review shows that the two departments’ financial records are so disorganized and inconsistent that they have repeatedly earned “disclaimer” opinions, meaning that they simply cannot be fully audited.

“It means we really can’t put any faith in the numbers they use,” said Ross Rubenstein, who teaches public administration at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.  [my emphasis]


The entire Homeland Security Department with a $35 billion budget this fiscal year, passed its first audit in 2003 with strong stipulations but has failed every one since.

And the Defense Department, with a $460 billion budget this fiscal year, has never even come close to passing. Because that department makes up at least 20 percent of all federal spending, the entire federal government also has failed its audits since the congressional mandate took effect.



September 16, 2007 - Posted by | America, Bush, Federal Debt, Government, Homeland Security, Military, Republicans, White House


  1. After watching pbs, friday night, a habit i cannot seem to kick, one show really got was about this, exact thing. Job one for any new administration will be to re institute adult budgeting and start hiring for the depts that audit and contract with responsible civil servents NOT cronies or youths whose carreers need a jump start.
    I will never forget the firing and testimony of Bunnintine Greenhouse who after working in the Pentagon for 35 yrs , blew the whistle on Haliburton early. …In a non topsy turvey world. Haliburton and all their subsidaries at “cost plus” would have been off the job.
    The show also showed the many Billions of graft going on in Homeland Security.(that whole dept needs to be abolished) there are outright crooks , pedddling rediculous non functional systems…its bad. I know someone here in fact , (not well an acquinatance) who actually got HLS monies….lots of it. Creeps me OUT.

    We regular people are supposed to budget , the damn government should do it too, not all of us grew up like the Chimp with a silverspoon in his entitled mouth, or with someone to bail him out for every failure….

    Comment by proudprogressive | September 16, 2007 | Reply

  2. I truly begin to believe that this was the plan – break the military, destroy the impartiality (or appearance thereof) of the DoJ, and create messes in all agencies to obsure the looting carried out by the misAdministration and its partners in crime.

    Not much difference between the actions of the Bushies and Saddam’s siphoning of the oil-for-food money to keep himself and his cronies living the high life.

    Comment by PA_Lady | September 19, 2007 | Reply

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