Acquisition Reform: Defense Management Report Savings Initiatives
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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The 1986 report by the Presidents Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management commonly known as the Packard Commission made many recommendations to improve the management and organization of the Department of Defense DOD. In February 1989, the President directed the Secretary of Defense to develop a plan to fully implement the Commissions recommendations, as well as to substantially improve defense management overall. In July 1989, the President approved and the Secretary issued the Defense Management Report DMR which outlined actions needed to improve DOD management. In January 1990, DOD issued a status report on DMR implementation that contained specific management improvement initiatives intended to 1 save an estimated 39 billion in program costs and 2 eliminate an estimated 42,900 civilian and military positions over fiscal year 1991-95. DODs implementation of several of the DMR savings initiatives have been evaluated. Specific objectives were to 1 determine the status of those initiatives, 2 evaluate the savings estimated to result from implementing some major high dollar initiatives, and 3 determine whether the services have reduced the number of acquisition personnel since the Packard Commissions 1986 recommendation.
- Administration and Management
- Military Forces and Organizations