Military Compensation: DOD Needs More Complete and Consistent Data to Assess the Costs and Policies of Relocating Personnel
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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PCS involves moving military personnel to new locations and is a key tool used by the military services to fill assignments both in the United States and overseas. In fiscal year 2014, DOD obligated 4.3 billion for approximately 650,000 service member PCS moves. Senate Report 113-176 included a provision for GAO to report on aspects of the PCS program. This report evaluates the extent to which 1 PCS per-move costs have changed since 2001, 2 military personnel are meeting time-on-station requirements, and 3 OSD s September 2014 study on increasing time-on-station addressed the elements in Senate Report 112-196 and used approaches consistent with generally accepted research standards. GAO analyzed PCS cost and move data for fiscal years 2001 through 2014 using fiscal year 2014 dollars obtained and analyzed available time-on-station data reviewed OSD s September 2014 report to Congress on increasing time-on- station and interviewed OSD and service officials. GAO recommends that DOD, in coordination with the services, take actions to report complete and consistent PCS budget data conduct periodic evaluations of the PCS program and address limitations on the availability of data on exceptions and waivers for PCS moves that occur prior to reaching minimum time-on-station lengths. DOD generally agreed with the recommendations.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations