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Behind the Pentagonís doctored ledgers, a running tally of epic waste
Reuters ^ | November 18, 2013 | Scot J. Paltrow

Posted on 11/26/2013 11:54:52 AM PST by JerseyanExile

For two decades, the U.S. military has been unable to submit to an audit, flouting federal law and concealing waste and fraud totaling billions of dollars

Linda Woodford spent the last 15 years of her career inserting phony numbers in the U.S. Department of Defense’s accounts.

Every month until she retired in 2011, she says, the day came when the Navy would start dumping numbers on the Cleveland, Ohio, office of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the Pentagon’s main accounting agency. Using the data they received, Woodford and her fellow DFAS accountants there set about preparing monthly reports to square the Navy’s books with the U.S. Treasury’s - a balancing-the-checkbook maneuver required of all the military services and other Pentagon agencies.

And every month, they encountered the same problem. Numbers were missing. Numbers were clearly wrong. Numbers came with no explanation of how the money had been spent or which congressional appropriation it came from. “A lot of times there were issues of numbers being inaccurate,” Woodford says. “We didn’t have the detail … for a lot of it.”

The data flooded in just two days before deadline. As the clock ticked down, Woodford says, staff were able to resolve a lot of the false entries through hurried calls and emails to Navy personnel, but many mystery numbers remained. For those, Woodford and her colleagues were told by superiors to take “unsubstantiated change actions” - in other words, enter false numbers, commonly called “plugs,” to make the Navy’s totals match the Treasury’s.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: audit; defensedept; defenseprocurement; fraud; lindawoodford; pentagon; whistleblower

1 posted on 11/26/2013 11:54:53 AM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

Obama and The Dems will use this to Disband the Military ?


2 posted on 11/26/2013 11:57:27 AM PST by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: molson209

Probably planted information. I would not trust anything that comes out of the MSM.


3 posted on 11/26/2013 12:05:05 PM PST by RatRipper (The political left are utterly evil and corrupt)
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To: JerseyanExile
Epic waste is in all areas of government. The biggest epic waste is the “war on poverty” where trillions upon trillions were wasted in an attempt to elevate the generationally poor.

THATS where the real waste is.

4 posted on 11/26/2013 12:06:35 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: molson209
...will use this to Disband the Military?

In the long term, I suppose that could be an objective.

Near term, it's just giving a cudgel some willing group of 'rats can use to take money out of Defense Appropriations. (IIRC, just such a bill is awaiting action as we speak.)

Gotta pay for all of those vacations, vote-buying exercises and perks with real money from SOMEWHERE, donchaknow....

5 posted on 11/26/2013 12:23:19 PM PST by Unrepentant VN Vet (For why should my Freedom be judged by anothers conscience? 1 Cor 10:29)
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To: JerseyanExile

I remember the “big 8” refusing to audit the government in any branch or agency. No one wanted the liability or problems associated with showing the total corruption of our DC boys.


6 posted on 11/26/2013 12:42:27 PM PST by edcoil (System now set up not to allow some to win but for no one to lose!)
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To: JerseyanExile

The borders are wide open, we have a Communist in the White House, and we are arming Al-CIA-duh to kill Christians in Syria. So, why have we’ve been wasting so much money on a military all these years?


7 posted on 11/26/2013 12:45:34 PM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: JerseyanExile

And this is why we now spend over one billion dollars to build a fast attack submarine that cost a mere 50 million$ not that long ago. I sure do miss Rickover.


8 posted on 11/26/2013 12:49:00 PM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: JerseyanExile

it is the government accounting system. it is even happening at the local level. no one o one transfer of funds, takes a personal interview to partially compensate for the deviation, the problem still exists so the numbers get fudged ‘cooking the books’.


9 posted on 11/26/2013 1:14:17 PM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: hondact200

Someone told this story last week. I think it has a message. Unfortunately I forget who posted it:

During a procurement meeting with the head of SAC at the time, General LeMay, a staffer made a comment they needed a particular weapon system to counter something the enemy had. LeMay asked the staffer whom was the enemy he was referring to. The staffer said the Russians. LeMay said no son, the Russians are an adversary, our enemy is the Navy.


10 posted on 11/26/2013 2:20:09 PM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Farnsworth

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen( and citizen’s take home pay)


11 posted on 11/26/2013 2:36:42 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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Donate here!

Two days until
Thanksgiving
Lets git'er done!

Woo hoo!! Less than $5.3k to go!!

12 posted on 11/26/2013 4:18:04 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

IOW, unilateral disarmament, as advocated by the SDS in the 1960s and by Obama (and our various foreign enemies who also happen to be his employers) in the present. Thanks JerseyanExile.


13 posted on 11/26/2013 5:49:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: JerseyanExile
If I remember correctly, on September 10, 2001, Don Rumsfeld announced that the DoD had no idea what happened to $2.3 Trillion. The MSM was getting wound up to decide if they should jump on this when 9/11 happened. The Clinton administration was obviously to blame, so the press were only too happy to let that one go.

Now, two wars later and five years into the most free spending administration in the history of the Republic, the good folks at the Post want to look at it. I expect that 'Blame Bush' will be part of the story.

14 posted on 11/26/2013 6:26:48 PM PST by Wingy
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To: RatRipper
this is perfectly believable...why shouldn't we believe it?...

its the pensions...the graft and the pensions.....wouldn't want people to actually work would we?...

all these perfumed princesses and their golden pensions and then they walk right into defense jobs....

and every underling just follow orders.....

ain't it grand?

15 posted on 11/26/2013 7:56:30 PM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: JerseyanExile

We need more government to track itself.

Biden tracked the Stimuluses - why can’t he track the Pentagon?

/s


16 posted on 11/27/2013 2:42:00 AM PST by ReaganGeneration2
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To: Mouton

LOL

Eloquent.


17 posted on 11/27/2013 8:24:38 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: headstamp 2

I wish I could take authorship of that story, alas, just being a reteller.

There was a satire some time ago called “the Pentagon Wars” which was about the development of the Bradley. If it were not close to true, it would be funny.


18 posted on 11/27/2013 9:21:39 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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