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Senate Defense Bill Would Ramp Up Pentagon Audit Efforts

Language in the Senate’s version of the defense authorization bill would put more pressure on the Pentagon to achieve a clean audit by 2017, GovExec reports.

Charles Clark writes the bill would require the Pentagon to appoint a chief management officer responsible for fixing problems with financial management, business transformation and information technology if the department cannot meet the 2017 deadline.

The bill is currently being reconciled by a joint House-Senate Committee.

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the agency responsible for the department’s payments, would have that function moved over to the Treasury Department, Clark reports.

A group of senators including Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced the amendment in August in an attempt to create standards for the Pentagon’s financial functions.

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