October 26th, 2009
Defense Department’s top auditor forced out
WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s chief auditor has been forced from her post and moved to another job inside the Pentagon.
The reassignment of the director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency, April Stephenson, follows sharp criticism of the organization’s performance from members of Congress.
In an e-mail sent Monday to agency employees, Pentagon comptroller Robert Hale said the director of the Army Audit Agency, Patrick Fitzgerald, will replace Stephenson effective Nov. 9.
Hale doesn’t give a specific reason for the shift, but he does mention reports highly critical of the agency from the Government Accountability Office and the Pentagon inspector general.
The e-mail says Stephenson will take a senior position in Hale’s office.