The Department of Defense failed another annual audit, the sixth since it started performing the audits six years ago, as Defense News reported. It was expected, but DOD Comptroller Mike McCord said the report does show progress.

“We understand that [an] audit is ultimately a pass-fail kind of metric with the public and with the auditors for that matter. On that metric, it was static from last year,” McCord said. “But we still believe that we have seen signs of progress that are going to get us more favorable in the future.”

He said that he and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin would like to see progress move faster.

DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alexander Kubitza