The Army Needs To Better Plan To Meet Its Civilian Personnel Needs in Wartime

NSIAD-84-107: Published: Jun 28, 1984. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1984.

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GAO reviewed the Army's plans to meet its civilian personnel requirements in the event of mobilization. The Army would rely heavily on its civilian workforce as a key support base involved in mobilizing, training, deploying, and sustaining tactical forces.

GAO found that: (1) improved planning is needed for civilian personnel expansion requirements; (2) guidance on identifying key civilian employees lacks specificity; (3) additional guidance on replacing military retirees and draft eligibles is needed; and (4) guidance on planning for contractors' mobilization personnel requirements is needed. The Army estimates that the Continental United States (CONUS) support base will need an additional 175,000 civilian employees to accomplish this mission.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should monitor the actions required of the CONUS support base organizations in planning for the expansion of the civilian work force and require the preparation and implementation of action plans, as appropriate.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should develop a clear definition of the term "key employee" for use by installations in identifying civilians having key defense positions who are Ready Reservists.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should follow up to ensure that key employees are removed from the Ready Reserve or transferred to a non-key position.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  4. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should develop specific mobilization guidance on: (1) replacing peacetime civilian employees who are military retirees or draft eligibles; and (2) planning for the acquisition of additional and replacement contractor personnel to support expanding Army installations.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

 

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