Release
Immediate Release

Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the DoD's Fourth Annual Department-Wide Financial Statement Audit

Nov. 15, 2021

I was glad to see that areas critical to supporting our men and women in uniform such as Civilian Pay, Military Pay, and the Military Retirement Fund passed their audits, but the fact remains that we have much work to do. Make no mistake: none of us at the Department are content with the overall results of this audit.  But we are committed to learning from it and to doing better.  We must work harder to institute stronger internal controls and prove in every way that we are being good stewards of taxpayer dollars.