Douglas Glenn on DoD’s Financial Audit, Use of Automation

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Douglas Glenn, assistant deputy chief financial officer at the Department of Defense, told FCW in an interview published Thursday that DoD plans to take one step at a time to complete and pass its next financial audit.

“So we just chip away at the NFRs [notices of findings and recommendations], which will lead to reducing the material weaknesses, which will lead to more clean opinions and we'll get there,” Glenn said.

He mentioned that DoD has seen a positive return on investment and realized cost savings in regard to the use of robotics and how the Pentagon plans to apply automation at the Fourth Estate level.

“We'd love to get into accelerating the de-obligation process and contract close out,” Glenn said. “So if we could deploy some robots to accelerate that closeout process, lift some of the burden off the contracting officers, it would be a win-win across the government.”

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