Rapid Fire March 14, 2012: McCain Blocks DoD Reprogramming

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* US Senator John McCain (R-AZ, SASC Ranking Member) sent a letter to the Secretary of Defense announcing he “will not support any further reprogramming requests for new, unauthorized programs except for emergency requirements” until he has received a detailed report on reprogramming from the last 2 years. Reprogramming (ab)use has apparently been getting worse, according to a McCain staffer quoted in Foreign Policy. During Ashton Carter’s confirmation hearing as Deputy SecDef in September last year, the senator had this to say on the topic: “Four times over just the last two months, the Department has asked this Committee to let it shift a total of over $10 billion among its spending accounts. In doing so, it asked only the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the defense committees in the Senate and the House to let it reallocate billions of dollars […] Authorizing funding in this way, outside of ‘regular order,’ subverts transparent congressional oversight, undermines accountability in how defense programs are managed, and actually encourages underperformance.” * Lt. Gen. Charles R. Davis was nominated last week to Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, pending Senate confirmation. Davis was deputy Program Executive Officer […]

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