Additional Efforts Needed To Improve Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Program Management

FPCD-81-59: Published: Jun 22, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1981.

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GAO reviewed various aspects of the Department of Defense's (DOD) morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) programs.

GAO believes that many steps already taken by DOD and the services will improve MWR program management. These steps include: (1) the establishment of minimum standards by the Army; (2) periodic needs surveys in the Army and Air Force; (3) the DOD policy directive on the prescribed funding of MWR construction projects; (4) the Air Force's study of MWR management; and (5) a recent study done for the Navy on the Navy and Marine Corps' MWR programs. However, GAO found that additional efforts are needed to establish minimum standards and periodic surveys by which to assess needs and to monitor progress. GAO believes that the services need to expand their facilities inventory systems to include MWR activities offered. These systems can be used in conjunction with established minimum standards to highlight program deficiencies and eventually to attain a minimum level of MWR activities for all military communities.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should study the minimum standards established by each service and determine if further DOD-wide requirements should be established.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  2. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should require the services to expand their facilities inventory systems to include details pertinent to the MWR activities offered.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  3. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should examine the Army and Air Force's methodologies for needs assessment and consider their possible wider applicability to the Navy and Marine Corps.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  4. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct each service to develop minimum standards for its MWR program. The Army's standards could serve as a basis for development.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

 

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