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DEFENSE MANAGEMENT: Status of GAO Recommendations Made to the Department of Defense (Fiscal Years 2014-2017)


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GAO's mission is to support the Congress, and in accomplishing that mission GAO makes recommendations to improve the accountability, operations, and services of government agencies. From 2002 through 2018, GAO's work resulted in over $895 billion in financial benefits and about 21,600 program and operational benefits that helped change laws, improved public safety and other services, and promoted better management throughout the government, including at DOD. Conference Report 115-404 accompanying the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 included a provision for GAO to submit to the Congressional Armed Services Committees a briefing summarizing an assessment of open recommendations made to DOD in fiscal years (FY) 2014 through 2017. This report summarizes information on DOD's (1) progress in implementing all GAO recommendations made in FYs 2014-2017; (2) initial response to GAO's open recommendations; and (3) progress in implementing priority recommendations. For all recommendations made to DOD in unclassified, classified (SECRET and below), and sensitive but unclassified GAO reports issued in FY 2014 through FY 2017, GAO reviewed reports and interviewed or corresponded with cognizant DOD officials to obtain information on DODs efforts to implement the recommendations, and based on information collected, determined the implementation status of each recommendation.



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