- Testimony before the House Appropriations Committee:
Fiscal Year 2002 Defense Budget Request As Given by Secretary of Defense
Donald H. Rumsfeld, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Hugh
Shelton, and Comptroller Dov Zakheim, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington,
DC, Monday, July 16, 2001.
- SEC. RUMSFELD: Mr. Congressman, thank you very much.
Your question is, of course, right at the heart of an enormously important
issue for the Department of Defense. We have a panel in the Quadrennial
Defense Review on this subject. We have met with it twice in the last two
weeks. We're obviously going to have to meet with it again. It is a big,
broad, complicated subject.
- As you know, the Department of Defense really is not
in charge of its civilian workforce, in a certain sense. It's the OPM,
or Office of Personnel management, I guess. There are all kinds of long-
standing rules and regulations about what you can do and what you can't
do. I know Dr. Zakheim's been trying to hire CPAs because the financial
systems of the department are so snarled up that we can't account for some
$2.6 trillion in transactions that exist, if that's believable. And yet
we're told that we can't hire CPAs to help untangle it in many respects.
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