Military forces (1 - 10 of 81 items)
Human Capital: Additional Actions Needed to Enhance DOD's Efforts to Address Mental Health Care Stigma
GAO-16-404: Published: Apr 18, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2016.
Military servicemembers' perceive that a stigma exists with seeking mental health care, but little information is known about Department of Defense (DOD) deployed civilian perceptions. GAO's analysis of the most recently available data from a DOD-wide survey found that about 37 percent of active duty servicemembers in 2011 and 39 percent of reservists in the 2010/2011 timeframe responded that they...
Defense Acquisition Workforce: Actions Needed to Guide Planning Efforts and Improve Workforce Capability
GAO-16-80: Published: Dec 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has increased the size of its acquisition workforce from about 126,000 in September 2008 to about 153,000 in March 2015. The growth was accomplished by hiring additional civilian personnel, insourcing work previously performed by contractors, adding more military personnel, and re-categorizing existing positions. However, 6 of the 13 acquisition career fields, inclu...
Human Capital: Opportunities Exist to Further Improve DOD's Methodology for Estimating the Costs of Its Workforces
GAO-13-792: Published: Sep 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2013.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has improved its methodology for estimating and comparing the full cost to the taxpayer of work performed by military and civilian personnel and contractor support, but the methodology continues to have certain limitations. Best practices state that cost estimating rules should include a common set of standards that minimize conflicts in definitions, but DOD's metho...
Defense Acquisition Workforce: The Air Force Needs to Evaluate Changes in Funding for Civilians Engaged in Space Acquisition
GAO-13-638: Published: Jul 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2013.
The Air Force did not evaluate its pilot program that moved funding for Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) acquisition civilian personnel from its 1-year Operation and Maintenance (O&M) appropriation to its 2-year Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. In addition, the Air Force is considering using this pilot program to inform funding changes for other sections of...
Human Capital: Critical Skills and Competency Assessments Should Help Guide DOD Civilian Workforce Decisions
GAO-13-188: Published: Jan 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2013.
In fiscal year 2012, the Navy and the Air Force met their adjusted civilian workforce cap targets, but the Army did not. The Department of Defense (DOD) estimated the civilian workforce cap saved the department $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2012 and would save a total of $11.5 billion through 2016. At the time the cap was extended to the services, each was executing its fiscal year 2011 budgets with...
DOD Civilian Personnel: Competency Gap Analyses and Other Actions Needed to Enhance DOD's Strategic Workforce Plans
GAO-11-827T: Published: Jul 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2011.
Since 2001, strategic human capital management for federal agencies has been on GAO's high-risk list. Although some progress has been made, GAO reported in February 2011 that the area remains on the high-risk list because of the need for agencies, including DOD, to address current and emerging skill gaps that are undermining their ability to fulfill their missions. The Department of Defense (DOD)...
Defense Space Activities: Additional Actions Needed to Implement Human Capital Strategy and Develop Space Personnel
GAO-04-697: Published: Aug 11, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 2004.
The Department of Defense (DOD) relies on space for many critical capabilities, and its continued success in space operations depends on having sufficient space-qualified personnel. Space-qualified personnel are needed to develop technology, doctrine, and concepts and operate complex systems. In the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004, Congress required DOD to develop a strateg...
DOD Personnel: Documentation of the Army's Civilian Workforce-Planning Model Needed to Enhance Credibility
GAO-03-1046: Published: Aug 22, 2003. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2003.
Between fiscal years 1989 and 2002, the Department of Defense (DOD) reduced its civilian workforce by about 38 percent, with little attention to shaping or specifically sizing this workforce for the future. As a result, the civilian workforce is imbalanced in terms of the shape, skills, and experience needed by the department. DOD is taking steps to transform its civilian workforce. To assist with...
Defense Acquisition Organizations: Linking Workforce Reductions with Better Program Outcomes
T-NSIAD-97-140: Published: Apr 8, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1997.
GAO discussed issues associated with the acquisition workforce and acquisition process of the Department of Defense (DOD), focusing on: (1) the reasons why reducing infrastructure will be a complex and challenging undertaking; and (2) DOD's plan to reduce and restructure its acquisition workforce.GAO noted that: (1) there is no agreed-upon definition of what constitutes the acquisition workforce;...