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David Norquist: DoD Size, Complexity Should Not Hinder Department Audit

David Norquist, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Defense Department comptroller post, has said the time is ripe for DoD to undergo an audit, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Norquist told lawmakers Wednesday during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that DoD has begun audit readiness efforts over the last seven years without initiating a “full-scope audit,” according to the station.

“Everything you have heard about the size and complexity of the department is true,” he said.

“But that is not a reason to delay the audit. That is a reason to begin.”

Norquist also cited the challenge associated with the Pentagon’s large number of accounting platforms.

“It’s not essential to get down to one, but getting down to a small number would be a step in the right direction.”

Norquist is a partner at Alexandria, Virginia-based certified public accounting firm Kearney & Co. and former chief financial officer of the Department of Homeland Security.

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