Sunday, December 18, 2005

Where's The Money? DoD Loses $1.1 Trillion

Where’s The Money?

Right now our dysfunctional congress is fighting back and forth over a $451 billion Department of War budget for 2006. A $50 billion supplemental for the continued prosecution of the War on Iraq is on the table and we have been told that after the first of the year, the Department of War will ‘request’ another $100 billion. At the same time congress has voted to cut social safety net spending that will affect all but the upper 10% of the population, while at the same time they have also proposed another $60 billion in tax cuts for that same 10%. All of which is burying this nation in a debt load that is totally unsustainable! Think Argentina in 2002 when its economy bellied up. The head of the GAO recently stated that what we are now facing economically is an “Argentine Scenario”.

Until such time as the Department of War and the Pentagon “find” the missing funds, all funds for them, except those funds needed to continue paying the troops and their healthcare, should be stopped, and stopped right now! The Repuglican and Demoncratic Parties together have led this nation to “Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace” and the edge of the precipice of national bankruptcy. We have got to break this strangle hold of corporate dominated “party politics” that is leading us to a national “eve of destruction”. -- Jack

US Treasury Missing $ Trillions
“Where’s The Money”

How fast does $1.1 trillion disappear in a year?
(since January 1, 2005)

Compare to the cost of:
Kids' Health
*Public Education
*College Scholarships
Energy Independence

Bringing it home

Huge sums unaccounted for is like a hole in the milk bucket. This is:

*…draining the resources right out of our neighborhoods;

*…contributing to our budget cuts and deficits, along with increased debt;

*…directly diminishing our family resources such as earning power, savings, retirement security, and quality education and healthcare.

This must be stopped! Cooked books affect everyone, not just those directly involved in the US government. The finances of many countries around the world are dependent on US currency and US Treasury securities. See: Where is the Collateral? to connect the dots.

What you can do about it

Demand full financial transparency and accountability in government -- sign the petition, tell your friends, throw a petition party, ... visit our Hotseat to hold selected leaders accountable ... see our 12 Step Financial Recovery Program for the Missing Money for a complete list.

Trillions of dollars in "unsupported adjustments" means trillions of dollars unaccounted for. What's going on? Where is the money? How could this happen? Where are the checks and balances? How much more has gone missing? Is this happening in the other government agencies too? What would happen if a corporation failed to pass an audit like this? Or a taxpayer? Who is responsible for this? Who can we trust to fix it? ... see
Frequently Asked Questions and Who's in Charge? for details.

To the right you will find a running total of the amount of "unsupported adjustments" [below] used by the Department of Defense in FY2000 to balance its books. This total is based on the report of DoD's inspector general. The counter runs on a calendar year. It is a simple attempt to demonstrate the scale of ENRON style accounting in the US government.
Below the running total are a number of different ways we could use this amount of money. Try clicking on them; you might be surprised to learn what a difference $1.1 trillion can make.

Don't just show 'em the door – let's get the booty back!
How we got the numbers and who we are * Petition * FAQ * Who * Hotseat * Sources * Recovery * Forum * Donate

How we got the numbers

Pursuant to the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Financial Management Act of 1994 (a title of the Government Management Reform Act of 1994), the Inspector General of each covered federal agency is required to audit and publish the financial statements of their agency.

The largest agency, the Department of Defense, has failed to comply with the requirement for audited financial statements since the requirement went into effect in the mid-1990’s and has reported significant unsupported adjustments to balance its books. In fiscal 1999, DOD reported $2.3 trillion of undocumentable adjustments to balance its books. In fiscal 2000, DOD reported $1.1 trillion of undocumentable adjustments to balance its books. For fiscal 2001, DOD declined to report the amount of undocumentable adjustments used to balance its books.

The source of the $1.1 trillion undocumentable adjustments to balance DOD’s books in FY 2000 used for the $1.1 Trillion Missing Money calculator is from the Department of Defense Agency-Wide Financial Statements Audit Opinion – A Memorandum for Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), dated February 26, 2002 Re: Independent Auditor’s Report on the Department of Defense Fiscal Year 2001 Agency-Wide Financial Statements (Report No. D-2002-055) signed by David K. Steensma, Acting Assistant Inspector General for Auditing.
D-2002-055 Independent Auditor's Report on the Department of Defense Fiscal Year 2001 Agency-Wide Financial Statements (02/26/02) (Project D2001FI=0172.000—In Four Parts at:

Reference Part four, Page 6 of 12, paragraph 2, at:

Another agency which has experienced difficulties in the financial area is the Department of Housing & Urban Development. HUD runs the mortgage insurance operations of the Federal Housing Administration as well as the securities operations of Ginnie Mae used to issue hundreds of billions of mortgage securities using the full faith and credit of the US government. HUD also has significant regulatory responsibilities for the oversight of the US mortgage markets, including for the government sponsored enterprises, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

In FY 1999, HUD refused to publish audited financial statements, reporting $17 billion of undocumentable adjustments in the FY 1998 ending balance and $59 billion of undocumentable adjustments for FY 1999. HUD declined to report their undocumentable adjustments in FY 2000.

The source of the FY 1999 figure of $59 billion is testimony by the HUD Inspector General, Susan Gaffney before the House Subcommitte on Government Management, Information and Technology, House Committee on Government Reform, March 22, 2000.

Testimony of the HUD Inspector General re: $59 Billion Undocumentable Adjustments in FY 1999 at:

Comparative Costs:

Head Start
The cost of a child in Head Start comes from the
Head Start Program Fact Sheet issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The average cost per child for 2002 of $6,934 was raised by 2% to adjust for inflation to $7,073.

Children's Health Care
The figure of $2,333 per child insured under Medicare is from the
National Priorities Project's analysis of the trade-offs of military spending. The average cost of Medicaid per child is based on the most recent figures available (1998) and then adjusted for inflation by 10% a year (to compensate for the faster rate of inflation in health care).

The US Department of Labor's
2000 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates gives the average wage for elementary and secondary teachers as $42,000. In line with the analysis of the work of the National Priorities Project , we have increased this number by $25% to reflect the cost of benefits for a total of $52,500.

Four-Year College Scholarships
The College Board report
Trends in College Pricing estimated that the cost of attending a four year public college or university in 2002 was $9,963, or $38,652 for four years. To this figure was added 2% to adjust for inflation, or $39,425.

Conversion to Natural Gas:
US Department of Energy states that the cost of converting an automobile to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG ) ranges from $2,500 to $4.000. The $1.1 Trillion Missing Money calculator uses the $4,000 figure to calculate the cost of conversions.

States Share:

The Internal Revenue Service 2001 IRS Data Book, Publication 55B gives the amount of US$ of federal taxes paid by each state . The $1.1 Trillion Missing Money calculator calculates the pro-rata state share of "undocumentable adjustments" by using the amount of Federal taxes paid by each state in 2001 as a percentage of all IRS tax payments paid by all US States for 2001.

Who We Are:

Henri Poole
Software Activist, President,
CivicActions, Current Member of the Board, Free Software Foundation

Catherine Austin Fitts
Investment Banker, President,
Solari , Inc., Former Assistant Secretary of Housing - Federal Housing Commissioner - HUD

Brad deGraf
Social Entrepreneur, Director,
Special thanks to Niko Matsakis and Elias Vlantonfor their prior work: Cost of War , upon which this site is based.

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Blogger Chris Laurel said...

You are right. Both the Democrats and the Republicans suck. The difference is that the Democrats' hypocrisy and wastefulness is spent on us. The system doesn't need to be reformed, we do. Who is voting for these people?

Republicans talk about personal responsibility, and that you should be able to control your spending and thus they make it nearly impossible for people to relieve themselves of their debts. But then they encourage us to spend money to save the economy and they loosen credit lending restrictions to people who can't afford it. Then the credit card companies send these people blank checks in the mail telling them to buy food and pay bills with their credit cards. Then people end up eating a bagel not for 50 cents, but for $4.00. These same credit card companies are the ones who initiated "Bankruptcy reform." But it's the fault of the poor people. Oh yeah, then Republicans argue against a minimum wage. And we don't wonder where this is taking us?

Republicans talk about personal responsibility, and that "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." Then they argue against drug legalization. The same arguments can be used for repeal of the 2nd Amendment. And they aren't even for gun control. And they are very much for repealing rights in the Constitution. And they don't even follow the Constitution to do it. Sounds like personal responsibility is code language for "who gets the money?"

Republicans say that they have adopted liberal ideas, but then they laugh and ridicule the worst problems in this country and those who suffer from them. And that they suffer from as well.


Sun Dec 18, 12:51:00 PM  

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