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Military Compensation: Additional Actions Are Needed to Better Manage Special and Incentive Pay Programs

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Technical Report

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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compensate and incentivize servicemembers for occupations that are dangerous, less desirable, or require special skills. Senate Report 114-49 included a provision for GAO to review the effectiveness of DODs S and I pay programs. This report assesses 1 trends in DOD obligations for S and I pay programs for fiscal years 2005 through 2015 and the extent to which DOD reports such obligations department-wide and 2 the extent to which the military services applied key principles of effective human capital management in the design of S and I pay programs for selected high-skill occupations for fiscal years 2010 through 2015.GAO analyzed DOD S and I pay obligations for fiscal years 2005 through 2015 reviewed a nongeneralizable sample of S and I pay programs for nuclear propulsion, aviation, and cybersecurity occupations, chosen based on their pay programs attributes compared DOD and service policies and documents with key principles of effective human capital management and interviewed DOD officials. What GAO Recommends GAO is making five recommendations, including that DOD explore reporting reserve S and I pay program data, review the incorporation of human capital management principles and use of resources, and develop related measures. DOD concurred with three recommendations and partially concurred with two. GAO continues to believe that actions to fully address these two recommendations are needed, as discussed in the report.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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