Apr 28, 2010 3:56 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Congress targets Pentagon waste, inefficiency

The House is demanding that the Pentagon improve how it acquires goods and services, saying that cutting down on waste and abuse can save taxpayers billions of dollars.

Legislation passed by the House requires the Defense Department to adopt better business practices such as monitoring purchases to ensure that it gets what it pays for, conducting agencywide audits and hiring a more competent procurement workforce. The measure covers all nonweapons acquisitions, adding up to about $1 billion a day in spending, for such things as equipment, fuel and food.

The House separately passed a bill requiring federal agencies to move more aggressively to stop improper payments to contractors - such as when they pay twice for the same service or pay for a service they never receive.


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