DOD Not Tracking ‘Revolving Door’ of Senior Officials

Posted April 3, 2014 at 5:22am

Stars and Stripes reports that “the Defense Department isn’t properly keeping track of senior officials who leave the government to take jobs with defense contractors, the DOD Inspector General reported Tuesday.”  

“In the wake of concerns that defense officials with responsibility over contracting were moving to the private sector and improperly influencing the process — the so-called “revolving door” between government and industry — Congress took action in the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act.”  

“The law required generals, flag officers, senior civilians and program officials to seek written legal opinions on their new jobs. Under the provisions of act, DOD was also required to keep all such opinions and reports accessible in a central database for at least five years — but the DOD Inspector General said Tuesday that isn’t being done.”