President Obama issued an executive order in November 2009 that was pretty straightforward. “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in the interest of reducing payment errors and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in Federal programs, it is hereby ordered as follows….”
He then went into a long list of things every federal agency should do to comply with his order. Well, the Pentagon inspector general checked out just how well the Defense Department has done in terms of complying with the commander-in-chief’s order for the first quarter of 2010 (these things take time when you’re talking about spending $175 billion every three months).
It published its findings Wednesday, and it’s not a pretty picture:
So who’s doing more harm to our national security? Bradley Manning, now in a Marine brig in Quantico, Va, for allegedly leaking secret documents, or Robert Hale, the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer and Teresa McKay, director of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, for their apparently inability to comply with a direct written order from the President of the United States?