Coats was apparently supposed to address Principal Deputy Defense Undersecretary Mike McCord for an appropriations hearing on the defense budget but ended up questioning Treasury Undersecretary David Cohen. He only realized his mistake when an aide, who may no longer be an aide, passed him a note.
"Well, that would explain why I didn't know anything about this letter," Cohen said.
The video only shows a short portion of Coat's remarks—the full transcript reveals a lengthier preamble thanking the Army undersecretary for actually getting something done on time, something Coats describes as "unprecedented."
. I just want to follow up on a parochial question, if you don't mind, and that is the Indiana delegation sent to the Pentagon, Undersecretary Hale, a letter dated March 24th, asking some questions about the AMFO initiative. That's the Army financial management optimization program. Number one, I want to commend you because, unprecedented in my career, we received a letter back on March 26th, of the same year. So I'm very impressed with that. A word of thanks there in terms of response.