Automated Information Systems:

Defense Should Stop Further Development of Duplicative Recruiting Systems

IMTEC-92-15: Published: Feb 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the military services' plans to develop or upgrade automated systems that provide support to recruiters, focusing on whether those systems should be placed under the Department of Defense (DOD) Corporate Information Management (CIM) initiative.

GAO found that: (1) the individual services spent over $82 million to design, develop, operate, and maintain their own automated information systems for military recruiting; (2) although the CIM initiative is designed, in part, to eliminate duplication of efforts, DOD has not included military recruiting systems in the CIM initiative because military recruiting systems are considered a low priority area; (3) the services' separate automated recruiting systems development efforts are producing multiple information systems to meet common functions; and (4) the services' recruiting systems have encountered design and development problems that have caused increased costs and time delays.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management and Personnel established a military entrance processing group under the CIM initiative. The functional management plan was published in April 1992 and the Assistant Secretary indicated that funding for individual service systems would be stopped pending completion of the entrance processing group initiative.

    Recommendation: In order to ensure that unjustified, duplicative systems are not developed and millions of dollars wasted, the Secretary of Defense should direct the Assistant Secretary for Force Management and Personnel and the Assistant Secretary for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence to include automated military recruiting systems under the CIM initiative.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management and Personnel established a military entrance processing group under the CIM initiative. The functional management plan was published in April 1992 and the Assistant Secretary indicated that funding for individual service systems would be stopped pending completion of the entrance processing group initiative.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Assistant Secretary for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence to stop funding for continued development of automated recruiting systems until the CIM evaluations have been completed for each service system.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

 

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