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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

GAO: the Army payroll system is a mess

If you’ve been on Army active duty during the past couple of years, you might want to take another look at your pay stubs. The Government Accountability Office today released a report (GAO-13-28) that detailed major problems with the Army’s $47 billion annual military payroll accounts.

The agency found that the Army “is unable to track and collect data on pay errors for active duty soldiers that occur due to over payments, under payments, data entry errors and fraud,” according to a bipartisan statement issued jointly by Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Scott Brown, R-Mass., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., and Todd Platts, R-Pa.

GAO found a lot of errors, and said many “went undetected for lengthy periods of time, including some that were not detected for up to 2 years or until the soldier left the Army.”

-Bill McMichael, Delaware Online

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