Science and Technology:

Human Resources Research and Development Results Can Be Better Managed

FPCD-77-43: Published: Apr 22, 1977. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1977.


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In spite of the fact that personnel costs accounted for 61 percent of the Department of Defense's (DOD) outlay of funds in fiscal year 1976, a very small proportion of funds was devoted to human resources research and development. A GAO review revealed a low rate of utilization of results of such research. Reports published from 1973 through 1975 were intended to support changes to regulations, policies, training programs, or equipment.

Of the 374 reports published, 38 percent were not used because of impressions that results were for information only or of questionable value, or users were unaware of results. Management of the use of this material should be improved.

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    Recommendation for Executive Action

    Recommendation: Better utilization of research and development results may be effected if DOD will: (1) establish criteria for identifying results with immediate use potential; (2) improve communications between researchers and users; (3) develop systems for monitoring of utilization; and (4) establish a management mechanism for resolving issues which prevent utilization.

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    Status: Closed

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