Senator David Perdue On First Audit Of Defense Department

Audit Comes After Senator Perdue’s Repeated Calls For Transparency At The Pentagon

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, comments on the first audit of the Department of Defense: 

“Until now, the Department of Defense – the largest single discretionary line item in the federal government’s budget – has never been audited. When I came to the United States Senate, I heard dozens of excuses for this, the most common being the DOD is too large and complex to complete an audit. The truth is bureaucrats were dragging their feet. I commend Secretary Mattis for completing this audit. While this is a step in the right direction, it only underscores the need for greater transparency and accountability at DOD. In order to modernize our capabilities, improve readiness, and rebuild our military after years of disinvestment, we need to have a clear understanding of how the Pentagon uses its resources. With a $21 trillion national debt and global security crisis, we cannot afford to misuse a single dollar in supporting our service members.”

Senator Perdue’s Consistent Calls For An Audit:

  • Senator Perdue spoke on the Senate floor about the need for a DOD audit as a tool to tackle the national debt crisis.
  • Senator Perdue published an op-ed in Real Clear Defense calling for the first full audit of the DOD.
  • Senator Perdue secured amendments to the NDAA to improve fiscal accountability at the Pentagon.
  • Major General Arnold Punaro (USMC, Ret.) praised Senator Perdue’s work to secure the future of Georgia’s military bases, including his requests for an audit of the DOD. General Punaro was staff director of the Senate Armed Service Committee under Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA).