Army Times: Lawmaker seeks answers from Navy over proposed cuts to internal audit agency
Lawmaker seeks answers from Navy over proposed cuts to internal audit agency
February 10, 2021 | By
A U.S. congresswoman and retired Navy surface warfare officer is seeking answers from the Navy regarding plans to slash the budget of the sea service’s main internal oversight entity.
In a Wednesday letter to acting Navy Secretary Thomas Harker, Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., expressed concerns about the proposed cuts, which would see the Naval Audit Service’s budget cut by 70 percent over the next two fiscal years, a move that would entail “significant personnel reductions.”
“While I fully appreciate the fiscal realities you face in meeting and executing your highest priority requirements, I am very concerned that these proposed reductions come at a critical time when the Navy must focus on being an efficient steward of taxpayer dollars,” Luria wrote.
Luria’s letter follows a Navy Times report earlier this week that first revealed details of the potential cuts.
Luria’s congressional district encompasses a Naval Audit Service field site in Norfolk, and she wrote that her staff had “received calls from employees expressing fear and anxiety that their positions will be eliminated as early as this fall.”
The cuts would whittle the department from 290 people to 85 over the next two fiscal years as Big Navy searches for more money it can put toward shipbuilding, according to internal documents obtained by Navy Times.