Defense Reorganization:

Compliance With Legislative Mandate for Contingency Planning

NSIAD-91-312: Published: Sep 30, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1991.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed Department of Defense (DOD) guidelines for preparation and review of contingency plans, focusing on whether the guidelines were in compliance with the described procedures in the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986.

GAO found: (1) DOD has established guidance consistent with the provisions of the Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 addressing contingency plans; (2) since the passage of the DOD Reorganization Act in 1986, three contingency planning cycles have been undertaken, but as of August 31, 1992, the 1989 cycle is the only complete contingency planning cycle; and (3) DOD policy designates the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary of Defense for all matters concerning the integration of DOD plans and policies with overall national security objectives.

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