Moulton Leads Letter to Secretary Mattis Demanding Answers in Response to Internal Audit of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

February 7th, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, led a bi-partisan letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis demanding answers in response to a report about an Ernst & Young internal audit of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) that describes ambiguities and lapses in oversight within the agency.

A full text of the letter can be found here and below.


February 6, 2018

The Honorable James Mattis
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301

Dear Secretary Mattis:

We are writing in response to recent reports of an Ernst & Young internal audit of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) that describes ambiguities and lapses in oversight within the agency. One article states the audit found DLA “failed to properly document more than $800 million in construction projects” and describes “a series of other examples where it lacks a paper trail for millions of dollars in property and equipment.”

Such findings about the DLA, which manages and provides supplies, materials, and equipment to U.S. military functions throughout the world, are particularly concerning given its roughly $40 billion per year budget.

Moreover, one part of the Ernst & Young study, completed in mid-December, found that misstatements in the agency’s books totaled at least $465 million for construction projects it financed for the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies and for construction projects designated as still “in progress.” Meanwhile, DLA didn’t have sufficient documentation – or any documentation at all – for another $384 million of spending.

As members of the House Committee on Armed Services, we are concerned about these findings, especially as we near consideration of the Department’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request.

We therefore respectfully request your Department provide an update on overall DLA financial management and answers to the following questions:

  •             What steps has DLA taken since the Ernst & Young audit was completed last December to better account for the funds it manages?
  •             What new processes, if any, have been put in place to periodically review such policies to ensure proper oversight?
  •             Who is responsible for ensuring that these policies are implemented?
  •             What improvements, if any, to the documentation processes DLA employs are under consideration or have already been implemented?

Thank you for your attention to this matter, and for your prompt response to this letter.


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