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If you have read my post relating to the Pentagon finances you will note that I refer to it also as unaccountable and I make reference to the terrible state of the Pentagons' financial system. I didn't say it had disappeared or had been spirited away I'm intelligent enough to be able to differentiate and quite capable of reading reports that clearly mark numerous amounts year in year out as unaccountable. Missing is a word that has been used however and I suppose until all receipts and records come to light missing is as good a word as any
Rumsfeld, 9/11 and the $2.3 Trillion
Zakheim Seeks To Corral, Reconcile 'Lost' Spending
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2002 -- As part of military transformation efforts, DoD Comptroller Dov S. Zakheim and his posse of accountants are riding the Pentagon's financial paper trail, seeking to corral billions of dollars in so-called "lost" expenditures.
For years, DoD and congressional officials have sought to reconcile defense financial documents to determine where billions in expenditures have gone. That money didn't fall down a hole, but is simply waiting to be accounted for, Zakheim said in a Feb. 14 interview with the American Forces Information Service. Complicating matters, he said, is that DoD has 674 different computerized accounting, logistics and personnel systems.
Most of the 674 systems "don't talk to one another unless somebody 'translates,'" he remarked. This situation, he added, makes it hard to reconcile financial data.
Billions of dollars of DoD taxpayer-provided money haven't disappeared, Zakheim said. "Missing" expenditures are often reconciled a bit later in the same way people balance their checkbooks every month. The bank closes out a month and sends its bank statement, he said. In the meanwhile, people write more checks, and so they have to reconcile their checkbook register and the statement.
DoD financial experts, Zakheim said, are making good progress reconciling the department's "lost" expenditures, trimming them from a prior estimated total of $2.3 trillion to $700 billion. And, he added, the amount continues to drop.
"We're getting it down and we are redesigning our systems so we'll go down from 600-odd systems to maybe 50," he explained.
"That way, we will give people not so much more money, but a comfort factor, to be sure that every last taxpayer penny is accounted for," he concluded.
originally posted by: cardinalfan0596
a reply to: amazing
So, who do you blame when Clinton was giving Halliburton contracts worth billions in the 90s?
Apparently did not get the message from Gubmint Shill HQ
All work was carried out at super sekrit location AREA 69......
One document obtained by CL -- from sources with years of close cooperation with both U.S. and Israeli intelligence services - is a March 4 letter from Robert Diegelman, an assistant attorney general. In it, he commands that with sensitive Justice Department communications, "Foreign Nationals shall not be allowed to access or assist in the development, operation, management or maintenance of the equipment." CL sources say this move results directly from the disclosures about the Israeli spy network.
A Dec. 18 e-mail among DEA communications employees makes clear that the agency underwent self-scrutiny as the "result of the Fox network expose on Israeli counterintelligence activities."
CL also has verified with more than a half-dozen DEA agents specific parts of the 60-page document - DEA Washington spokesmen won't confirm or deny the authenticity of the report despite their own agents' confirmation.
Jack Wall, DEA's supervisor in Montgomery, Ala., said the portions of the document pertaining to his office were "definitely" accurate. Other agents didn't want to be named.