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.