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Defense Department struggles to track its 'revolving door,' IG finds

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"Revolving door" statistics within the Department of Defense are not being properly tracked, the agency's watchdog has found.

In 2008, Congress passed laws trying to prevent Pentagon officials who take jobs with government contractors from later influencing the military contracting process in their favor.

The law requires officials going through the "revolving door" to the private sector to get an ethics opinion from a counselor. The opinions and reports about the official were to then to be put into a central database for at least five years.

These records are called "Section 847" records, according to the inspector general's report.

However, the database, known as the After Government Employment Advice Repository, was found to be "incomplete with little or no use by specific DoD organizations with significant contracting activity," according to the report.

The IG found that the "AGEAR database was not complete," and concluded, "DoD may not have fully complied with the intent of this law."

Furthermore, the records were located in "multiple and decentralized locations, not readily available for examination," the report said.

The IG also found that "organizations with substantial contracting activity," such as the Defense Logistics Agency or the National Security Agency, had "limited or no activity" when completing the requirements.

The IG recommended that the Defense Department put a single official in charge of the database.

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Kelly Cohen

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The Washington Examiner