Senator David Perdue Introduces Amendments To Improve Fiscal Accountability At Pentagon

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Budget and Foreign Relations Committees, introduced three amendments to the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would save taxpayer dollars and hold the Pentagon accountable for its fiscal decisions.

“We are past the tipping point in our national debt crisis,” said Senator Perdue. “Providing for our national defense is a core responsibility of the government, and we must seek greater accountability within our defense budget. Applying business measures like audits and equipment tracking policies help safeguard taxpayer dollars and should be implemented across every sector of the federal government, including the Department of Defense. Additionally, when departments save money, they should be applauded for their cost saving efforts—not threatened with budget cuts for subsequent years.”

Senator Perdue’s amendments would:

  1. Amendment 4203: Require the Secretary of the Department of Defense to present a plan to Congress within 90 days to perform an audit no later than September 1, 2017.
  1. Amendment 4109: Curtail excessive end-of-the-fiscal-year spending, often attributed to fear of losing future funding, by outlining long-term savings recommendations that provide tactical units with greater budget flexibility on year-end obligations.
  1. Amendment 4110: Hold the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) accountable for creating a plan to implement the Department of Defense's Item Unique Identification (IUID) policy, which is a more efficient and reliable process to track assets (furniture, equipment, maintenance parts, etc.) through automatic identification technology. This policy has been in place since 2003, and the DCMA has yet to implement it.