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DoD Comptroller Describes $1B Pentagon-Wide Audit Service to Taxpayers

Defense Department Comptroller David Norquist recently emphasized the significance of the on-going $1B DoD-wide audit, describing the effort as a service to taxpayers, Government Executive reported Monday.

Speaking at the Professional Services Council’s 54th annual Vision Federal Market Forecast conference, Norquist said he was less concerned by the bad publicity that the audit might bring on and was concerned more about the possibility that people might misinterpret the audit’s results.

Norquist also defended the DoD-wide audit, saying that to refrain from carrying it out is “a dangerous way to look at the world.” The comptroller said that the audit will, among other things, produce a “laundry list” of Pentagon weaknesses as well as determine compliance with federal cybersecurity standards.

In August, Norquist said during a radio interview that the audit would encompass DoD personnel, equipment and property.

Norquist also said he expected the results of the audit to be available by fall.

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