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  3. Last Thursday, I and three of my colleagues introduced the bi-partisan Audit the Pentagon Act of 2014. The Act would simply require defense agencies to pass an independent external audit or face a .5% reduction in spending.

    Right now, the Pentagon is the only federal agency that has never been audited. In fact, the DOD has reported to the GAO that it is “unauditable.” Because of this mentality, defense spending is essentially a black hole and the DOD faces no accountability in how it spends taxpayer funds.

    This is undemocratic – and it’s against existing law. The Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 requires ALL federal agencies to pass a yearly audit, but the Pentagon is the only one that hasn’t been able to comply. Clearly, it will NEVER comply if there are no consequences for inaction.

    And we know there’s been waste, fraud and abuse. See, for example, the “bags of cash” scandal, where the CIA tried to use off-the-books payouts in an attempt to secure cooperation from the Afghan government.

    The Audit the Pentagon Act is a win-win, and it’s common sense. Either way, wasteful spending is identified and done away with.

    Please join me in holding the Pentagon accountable by co-signing the Audit the Pentagon Act.

    Standing strong,

    Barbara Lee
    Member of Congress


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