Drug Control: Additional Performance Information Is Needed to Oversee the National Guard's State Counterdrug Program
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Why GAO Did This Study. Since 1989 the National Guard has received hundreds of millions of dollars to help enhance the effectiveness of state-level efforts by providing military support to assist interagency partners with their counterdrug activities. The program funds the drug interdiction priorities of each state Governor counterdrug-related training to interagency partners at five counterdrug schools and statelevel counterthreat finance investigations, all of which are part of DOD s broader counterdrug efforts. Senate Report 113-176 included a provision for GAO to conduct an assessment of the state operations of the National Guard s counterdrug program. This report 1 identifies the changes in funding for the program since fiscal year 2004, and 2 assesses the extent to which performance information is used to evaluate the program s activities. GAO analyzed the program s budgets and obligations data, performance measures, and program guidance, and interviewed knowledgeable officials. What GAO Recommends. GAO recommends that DOD 1 identify additional information needed to evaluate the performance of state programs and oversee counterdrug schools training and 2 subsequently collect and use performance information to help inform funding distribution decisions to state programs and to conduct oversight of the training offered by the counterdrug schools. DOD concurred with GAO s recommendations.
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