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Defense Management: Opportunities Exist to Improve Information Used in Monitoring Status of Efficiency Initiatives

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Performance audit Jan-Dec 2012

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The military departments and SOCOM have taken various steps to track the implementation of their efficiency initiatives. In addition, the military departments and SOCOM have developed approaches to periodically review the progress of the efficiency initiatives such as expected completion dates for actions related to implementing the initiatives and progress in achieving planned savings through their existing internal governance organizations. Finally, the military departments and SOCOM have also tracked the savings associated with the efficiency initiatives. Specifically, they have identified the appropriation accounts and budget categories within these accounts referred to as sub-activity groups from which they expected to achieve savings, the dollar amount of those savings, and the areas where those savings were to be reinvested. With the efficiency initiatives set in motion by the Secretary, the department has the opportunity to target high-priority areas for further investment while cutting or reducing low priority programs. In order to enhance its ability to monitor progress of the military departments and SOCOM in achieving savings, DOD needs access to complete information from these components. Providing written guidance to the military departments and SOCOM that clearly specifies the types of information needed for senior leaders to exercise effective and efficient oversight of the efficiency initiatives would further ensure that the information they receive is complete, not only in regard to the department s current initiatives, but also for any future initiatives it may pursue.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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