Defense Efficiencies: Action Needed to Improve Evaluation of Initiatives
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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In May 2010, the Secretary of Defense announced a department-wide initiative with the goal of achieving efficiencies and reducing excess overhead costs while reinvesting those savings in sustaining DOD s force structure and modernizing its weapons portfolio. The Secretary tasked the military departments and SOCOM to find estimated savings of about 100 billion over the period of fiscal years 2012 to 2016. For fiscal years 2013 and 2014, DOD identified additional efficiency initiatives. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 mandated that GAO assess the extent to which DOD has tracked and realized savings proposed pursuant to the initiative to identify 100 billion in efficiencies. As the second report in response to this mandate, this report addresses 1 DODs progress in adjusting its approach to tracking and reporting on the implementation of its efficiency initiatives since GAO s December 2012 report, and 2 the extent to which DOD is evaluating the impact of its initiatives. GAO reviewed guidance, and analyzed and discussed information developed after December 2012 with DOD officials.
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