David Norquist, Defense Department comptroller, has said he received a notice from the Pentagon’s office of the inspector general about the start of the first agencywide financial audit this month, DoD News reported Thursday.
“Beginning in 2018, our audits will occur annually, with reports issued Nov. 15,” Norquist said Thursday during the Pentagon news conference.
“Annual audits also ensure visibility over the quantity and quality of the equipment and supplies our troops use,” he added.
The departmentwide audit will involve approximately 2,400 auditors from independent public accounting companies and will examine weapons systems, supplies, real property and personnel across the service branches and agencies.
Norquist also discussed DoD’s contingency plan in the event of a government shutdown and how continuing resolutions impact military readiness.
His statement came before Congress passed Thursday another stopgap measure that would fund the government at current spending levels through Dec. 22.