Marine Corps takes huge step in Pentagon financial accountability

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Ann-Cecile McDermott, Assistant Deputy Commandant for Resources and Fiscal Director, Marine Corps (photo courtesy US Marine Corps)

Some former Defense Department leaders are pessimistic about meeting the Congressionally-established deadlines to have an auditable Statement of Budgetary Resources by this year, and auditable books by 2017.  But one part of the Defense Department has hit a major milestone toward auditability.  The Marine Corps received an unqualified audit opinion on its Fiscal Year 2012 Statement of Budgetary Activity.  Ann-Cecile McDermott, assistant deputy commandant for resources and the fiscal director for the Marine Corps, was my guest today to talk about how the Corps reached this milestone, and how they intend to keep it up in the years ahead.

Francis Rose with Ann-Cecile McDermott, US Marine Corps

Also on the show:  Andy Sherman, Chief of Staff of the Government Printing Office, on their Strategic Plan for FY 2014-2018; Carol Bonosaro, President of the Senior Executives Association, on why she thinks the White House is ignoring the Presidential Rank Awards; Janet Kopenhaver, Washington representative of Federally Employed Women, on their scorecard that ranks members of Congress on Federal employee issues; and Larry Allen, President of Allen Federal Business Partners and publisher of The Week Ahead newsletter, on what the contracting community is wondering about the recent turnover at the General Services Administration.  You can listen to all the interviews on today’s In Depth show blog.