Washington–Tuesday, a broad bipartisan coalition led by Rep. Mike Conaway (TX-11) sent a letter to the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee calling for a continued commitment to Department of Defense (DoD) auditability throughout the confirmation process of executive branch nominees.
The letter reads, in part:
“DoD leaders confront a daily multitude of issues critical to our national defense. As the transition to the new administration takes place, we are concerned audit efforts may become minimized, or worse, relapse into insignificance. Audit work is cumulative by nature. As many of us have expressed before, the fragile audit progress made in recent years could be endangered if incoming leadership fails to make audit a priority. With a department of its size, nothing less than sustained, intense focus is necessary to carry audit across the finish line.
With this in mind, we ask you to guarantee every nominee (see accompanying annex) that comes before you this year – civilian and uniformed, whether in hearing format or otherwise – commits to either leading, supporting, or maintaining auditability as a top priority. Civilian and uniform alike must truly understand the importance their continued vocalization and prioritization plays in advancing audit, if they are confirmed.
To read the letter in its entirety, please click here.
Rep. Conaway, a CPA by trade, has been a strong advocate for Department of Defense auditability throughout his time in Congress. As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, overseeing the DoD’s audit has been a primary focus for Rep. Conaway. As two important audit deadlines near – one later this year and one in 2019 – Rep. Conaway has continued to call for a commitment from those confirmed to the DoD to ensure the department complies with audit efforts, as they will be in office when these deadlines occur.