The Defense Department’s inspector general issued a statement Aug. 17 clarifying some news reports that said auditors were going to review all acquisitions conducted in the past two years by DOD’s cutting-edge technology agency.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is getting a lot of attention from auditors due to some possible conflict-of-interest concerns with Regina Dugan, DARPA’s director. But it won’t get that much attention.
The IG’s office said it was not going to audit all of DARPA’s acquisitions.
Agency officials have a list of nearly 2,000 acquisitions — valued at $4.3 billion — performed during fiscal 2010 and 2011. The list includes contracts, modifications, task orders for services, delivery orders for products, grants and cooperative agreements. That would be a lot of work.
Instead, the IG’s auditors are looking for a good sample of acquisitions.
“We are reviewing these actions to identify a reliable number of significant actions that allow for appropriate audit coverage and will also allow us to complete the project in a timely and relevant manner,” IG officials said in the statement. “We are not, however, auditing all 2,000 actions.”
— Posted by Matthew Weigelt, Washington Technology, on Aug 17, 2011 at http://washingtontechnology.com/blogs/acquisitive-mind/2011/08/dod-ig-darpa-audit-clarification.aspx?s=wtdaily_190811