The Defense Department's comptroller updated the House Armed Services Committee on the department's financial statement audit.
David L. Norquist said the audit has become an integral tool in enabling defense personnel to identify and correct problems. Service comptrollers joined Norquist in his testimony.
The audit has long been a goal of DOD and Congress. The effort to perform a financial statement audit really began in the late 1980s, and successive administrations since then have worked to make it a reality, officials said.