Waste of the Week on The National Desk: Department of Defense Had More Than $292 Million in Costs That Were Questioned 13_TND_DOD_spending

January 27, 2023 01:41 PM



A 2022 audit of the Department of Defense found hundreds of millions of dollars and costs that are in violation of funding regulations may not have adequate documentation or appear unreasonable.

Open the Books founder Adam Andrzejewski joined The National Desk’s Jan Jeffcoat Friday morning to discuss the money.

“Our organization, Jan, has found in the past that the Pentagon spent on expensive coffee cups, for example, for their fighter pilots, each coffee cup costs $1,200 apiece," Andrzejewski said. "They spent $300,000 before we got that program shut down. So look, I’d feel a lot better about identifying about $300 million worth of questionable costs if the Pentagon could simply pass their large audit of the Inspector General who issued this audit on the $300 million.”

Andrzejewski says the financial systems of the DOD are poor and reforms need to be taken to prevent more questionable funding.

“We need to stop the $100 billion year-end spending spree, this use-it-or-lose-it year-end spending spree over at the Pentagon, when one out of every five contract dollars is blown out the door in the final 30 days of the fiscal year so the Pentagon can get the same budget or more from Congress next year," he said.

Andrzejewski believes an auditing bill would be effective at cutting down costs.

"There are 50 members of Congress that have signed on to an Audit the Pentagon bill that if you're an entity of the Department of Defense, and if you flunk your audit, your budget gets cut by 1% and we can cut 10% off our Department of Defense budget," he said. "It’s the largest federal agency and still our military spending would exceed the next 10 countries that spend the most on their military and five of those are our allies."

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