Financial management at the Defense Department has, at times, seemed an oxymoron.
Winslow Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information (part of the Project on Government Oversight), says the Pentagon needs to get serious about about tracking spending in 2013.
Winslow Wheeler’s Top 3 for 2013
Appoint a tough minded downsizer or Pentagon insider who knows all the bureaucratic games to be secretary of defense. Sadly, none of the people on Obama’s reported short list, including former Senator Chuck Hagel, can cut the mustard.
Insist that the Pentagon learn what happens to the money it spends: current plans to achieve financial management integrity are way too timid and incomplete. How can you cut a budget if you don’t know how the money is actually spent?
Stop doing things that make our forces smaller, older and less trained.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006 as the producer and news anchor of the station’s morning drive program, the Federal Drive. He launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.