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DOD Joint Bases: Implementation Challenges Demonstrate Need to Reevaluate the Program

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Why GAO Did This Study. GAO designated DOD support infrastructure as a high-risk area to address efficiency challenges. In 2005, DOD recommended to the Base Realignment and Closure BRAC Commission combining 26 installations into 12 joint bases to generate efficiencies and cost savings, initially estimated to be 2.3 billion. In 2009, DOD reduced this estimate to 273 million. GAO was mandated to assess DOD s progress in consolidating common services across joint bases. This report addresses the extent to which officials reported consolidating installation-support functions, and meeting joint basing goals to achieve greater efficiencies and cost savings. GAO conducted a survey of 11 joint bases, and reviewed applicable guidance. GAO did not survey Joint Region Marianas because it was subject to different expectations. What GAO Recommends. Congress should consider directing DOD to evaluate joint basing goals, provide direction on requirements to meet the goals, and determine next steps for joint basing. GAO included this matter because DOD did not concur with GAO s recommendations to conduct such an evaluation and provide direction, in part because DOD stated joint bases have achieved savings. GAO also recommended DOD evaluate which installation support fuctions remain suitable for consolidation, with which DOD concurred, and take policy actions to address challenges, with which DOD partially concurred, noting its existing processes to address challenges. GAO continues to believe its findings and recommendations are valid as discussed in this report.

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

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