The Pentagon agreed with HHS' peer review and has started to put in place a series of reforms to root out the waste, fraud and abuse in its own office. All of the Defense Department's audit divisions will be trained in ethics and government auditing standards. The agency has also created a quality management council consisting of senior executives to oversee reviews and ensure accountability. "Like any organization we made mistakes, and we are grateful that we had people from the outside to come in and help us fix them," said David Steensma, acting assistant inspector general for auditing. But the Pentagon may have to go to greater lengths to fix some of the problems in its IG's office, according to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking member of the Finance Committee. "Once President Bush's nominee for the IG job is in place, he will need to clean house from top to bottom," Grassley said. "Heads must roll." Bush has nominated Joseph E. Schmitz for the Pentagon IG's job, but the Senate has not yet confirmed him. Robert Lieberman is the current acting inspector general.
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