2/6/2013--Introduced.Audit the Pentagon Act of 2013 - Requires, on March 2 of FY2014 and each subsequent fiscal year, a 5% reduction in the discretionary budget authority of a... Read More


This bill was introduced on Feb 6, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.


Date Introduced
Feb 6, 2013


Bill Text


To reduce by 5 percent the discretionary budget authority of any Federal agency for a fiscal year if the financial statement of the agency for the previous fiscal year does not receive a qualified or unqualified audit opinion by an external independent auditor, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the ``Audit the Pentagon Act of 2013''.


The purposes of this Act are as follows: (1) To strengthen American national security by ensuring that-- (A) military planning, operations, weapons development, and a long-term national security strategy are connected to sound financial controls; and (B) defense dollars are spent efficiently. (2) To instill a culture of accountability at the Department of Defense that supports the vast majority of dedicated members of the Armed Forces and civilians who want to ensure proper accounting and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse.


Congress finds the following: (1) The 2012 Financial Report of the United States Government found that 21 of 24 major Federal agencies received clean audit opinions. Two more, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State, received ``qualified'' audit opinions but are making progress. Only the Department of Defense had a ``disclaimer'' because it lacked any auditable reporting or accounting available for independent review. In the Financial Report, the Treasury Department summarized: ``Over the past 20 years, an increasing...

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The much inflated pentagon expediture needs to be cut!

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I support H.R. 559: Audit the Pentagon Act of 2013 because... I support more transparency of spending. Seems to me after reading this bill that some are not, and have not, complied with the rules, and have gotten away with it for years. Sending money to the muslim brotherhood for weapons and such, lets show how much, and why should our nation support more war, and then limit our own military because of out of control "giving" or spending. There should be an Audit on all programs. DOD especially. FEMA, right now it is almost suicide to even mention that a president has an army of his own like the brown shirts of nazi germany, ready to over throw our own government, who is paying for this, where is the audit on who is paying for this? Turncoats that agree to the spending on how to give more ammo and weapons to other countries, who are burning our flag and yelling death to america, and yet we fund them, and the american people pay for this??? And there is no account of it? And Our country goes farther downhill into being a 3rd world country and into tyranny. Give them , other countries, ammo, take ours away, our freedoms? AUDIT those who have not complied. Do your job. Listen to us.

2 years ago

I support H.R. 559 because ignorance of how we spend defense dollars undermines our national security. As CEO of a non-profit on a tight budget, I know the value of an audit which can help give a clear picture of how dollars are spent, enable prioritization of critical missions, and eliminate waste. This bill helps the Pentagon help itself. If the Pentagon could tell Congress how it spends money, there may be easy ways to protect high-priority programs from sequestration. Instead, their inability to pass an audit has wasted billions. The Pentagon had $100 billion in unused funds at the end of FY2012, and cost overruns alone added $135 billion to the debt in the last 2 years. We’re forcing our generals to spend billions on pork-barrel projects they don’t want. Experts including Sen. Coburn, Cato Institute, and Sustainable Defense Task Force agree that the Pentagon can absorb up to $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade, but we must know how to do that if we are to protect our security. Economic security is the foundation for our national security. Auditing the Pentagon would protect our future by shifting money away from bloated programs that don’t make us safer.

2 years ago

I support H.R. 559 ("To reduce by 5 percent the discretionary budget authority of any Federal agency for a") because...this is a delightful idea. The sponsor mentions: "A recent Government Accountability Office report found that the Pentagon was impossible to audit..." It is not an accident that "the Pentagon" is "impossible to audit". But let's give this a try anyway.

2 years ago

I support H.R. 559 ("To reduce by 5 percent the discretionary budget authority of any Federal agency for a") because we need what the President originally ran on...Transparency! Sick of Federal govt spending like a 5 year old in a candy store, be responsible and show we actually need this monster government under a Constitutional Republic. Definately not the vision of the founding fathers currently and all parties are to be blamed!

3 years ago

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Bill Summary

2/6/2013--Introduced.Audit the Pentagon Act of 2013 - Requires, on March 2 of FY2014 and each subsequent fiscal year, a 5% reduction in the discretionary budget authority of a federal agency that is identified by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as required to have an audited financial statement: (1) that has not submitted a financial statement for the previous fiscal year, or (2) whose statement has not received either an unqualified or a qualified audit opinion by an independent external auditor. Excludes from such reduction accounts for military, reserve and National Guard personnel and the Defense Health Program account of the Department of Defense (DOD). Authorizes the President to waive a reduction in discretionary budget authority if such reduction would harm national security or members of the Armed Forces who are in combat. Requires a report to Congress listing required DOD reports that interfere with DOD's capacity to achieve an audit of its financial statements with an unqualified opinion. Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) congressional defense committees and DOD should not endanger the nation's troops by reducing wounded warrior accounts or vital protection for members of the Armed Forces in harm's way, (2) the valuation of legacy assets by DOD should be simplified without compromising essential controls or generally accepted government auditing standards, and (3) this Act should not be construed to require or permit the declassification of accounting details about classified defense programs and DOD should ensure financial accountability in such programs. .

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