Military Personnel: DOD Has Made Limited Progress toward Improving Oversight of the Exceptional Family Member Program
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
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Military families with special needs face unique challenges because of their frequent moves. To assist these families, each Military Service implements its own program, known as EFMP. The National Defense Authorization Act NDAA for Fiscal Year 2017 included a provision for GAO to review the Military Services EFMPs, including DODs role in providing guidance for these programs. This statement focuses on the extent to which 1 each Military Service provides family support in the continental United States and 2 the Military Services monitor and DOD evaluates assignment coordination and family support. This statement is based on a May 2018 GAO report and updates its three recommendations as of January 2020. For the report, GAO analyzed EFMP guidance and documents reviewed federal laws analyzed fiscal year 2016 EFMP data visited military installations, selected for their large numbers of military-connected students and interviewed officials responsible for implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the EFMPs.
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