WASHINGTON – Today, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) commended the United States Marine Corps following its announcement that it received a clean financial audit for its Fiscal Year 2012 Statement of Budgetary Activity, the first step toward a full clean financial audit . The Marine Corps is the first military service to successfully complete this type of audit.
“I would like to give a loud ‘Bravo Zulu’ to the Marine Corps for this important achievement in safeguarding taxpayer funds. For many of us who served in the military, we know the Marines are often the first ones on the beach, so it is fitting that the Marine Corps is leading the way in this significant financial quest for the Department of Defense, the last federal agency yet to receive a clean financial audit. I will continue to work with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Acting Deputy Secretary Christine Fox and the rest of the administration on getting across this financial finish line. After all you can’t manage what you can’t measure and, in these challenging financial times, a clean audit is an important first step.
“I am a firm believer that we can always do better, so I was happy to see the Marine Corps identify several areas in the audit where they can improve and note that efforts to address these weaknesses are already underway. This is an accomplishment worthy of applause and emulation from the rest of the military.”