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NDAA Amendments Seek to Reform Pentagon’s ‘Revolving Door’

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that 14 major military contractors have hired 1,718 former senior Pentagon officials over a five-year span. A group of good-governance advocates are pushing reforms seeking to prevent potential conflicts of interest posed by this activity.

The Sept. 9 GAO report found that of 1,497,882 people who left the Department of Defense (DOD) between 2014 and 2019, 37,032 of them went to work for one of the 14 major contractors reviewed. Of those, 1,718 were senior officials, according to the report.

The GAO said the Pentagon and the private sector both benefit from this interplay.
But there is also a potential conflict of interest, with current Pentagon workers being tempted to favor military contractors in anticipation of future employment opportunities, the GAO said, adding that DOD personnel who work for a defense contractor might also be perceived as using their contacts with former Pentagon colleagues for the benefit of the contractor.

"Influence peddling by former senior officials on behalf of contractors risks diminishing military effectiveness, undermines competition and performance, and leads to higher costs for the military and taxpayers," the groups said.
In a separate post, the Quincy Institute cited a study it helped conduct earlier this year, when it found that two-thirds of the Afghanistan Study Group—a blue-ribbon task force established by Congress that recommended President Joe Biden extend the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan—have current or recent financial ties to the weapons industry.

According to Quincy, the Afghanistan Study Group didn't disclose these ties when conducting their work.

"The amendments listed above would take significant steps toward restoring Americans' faith in their government and ensuring that the military and its civilian leadership are above reproach in their service to our nation," the groups said in their letter. "Current restrictions have done little to slow the revolving door, and it's clear that systemic legislative change is needed."

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