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Sunday, August 06, 2006

GAO's Walker to DOD: "Declare a war on waste"

"Comptroller General David Walker called for the Defense Department to 'declare a war on waste' and completely overhaul its legacy information management systems by the year 2012.

'There are thousands of outdated, nonintegrated systems that don't talk to each other. We need to kill or disable all nonessential business information systems,' Walker, head of the Government Accountability Office, told a Senate subcommittee yesterday at a hearing on DOD's financial management.

The Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, and International Security held the hearing that also included three DOD financial management officials, including Jack Patterson, a principal deputy undersecretary and comptroller.

Walker said DOD still is suffering from longstanding issues of poor financial management and inadequate accountability, practices that continue to leave the agency vulnerable to fraud and abuse.

'Because of decades-old problems, the Defense Department wastes billions of dollars every year,' Walker said.

Subcommittee chairman Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) concurred with Walker's assessment. "

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