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Depot Maintenance: DOD Should Improve Pandemic Plans and Publish Working Capital Fund Policy

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United States Marine Corps The Commandant of the Marine Corps should ensure that the Marine Corps Maintenance Command develop exercises for Marine Corps Production Plants to support productivity during any long-term crisis affecting the depot workforce. (Recommendation 4)
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The Commandant of the Marine Corps concurred with this recommendation. Due to the nature of depot operations, the majority of the workforce is not eligible to telework. Execution of production is dependent on the workforce being on site and supporting supply chains that are impacted by the actions and decisions of external organizations. Marine Depot Maintenance Command (MDMC) incorporated exercises into their Emergency Action Plan (EAP), MDMCO 5100.2 (June 10, 2022), which was distributed to the external organizations that contribute to MDMC's supply chain. However, in reviewing the Pandemic section added to MDMC's EAP, we concluded it was inadequate in addressing this recommendation. The exercises and related pandemic content in the EAP lacked detailed information needed to support productivity during a long-term crisis (e.g., pandemic). As of April, 2024, the Marine Corps has not provided an update, revised CAP, or documentation to support actions that adequately address this recommendation.

Depot Maintenance: DOD Should Improve Pandemic Plans and Publish Working Capital Fund Policy

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United States Marine Corps The Commandant of the Marine Corps should ensure that the Marine Corps Maintenance Command formally record lessons learned in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and use lessons learned to update depot-specific contingency plans. (Recommendation 3)
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The Commandant of the Marine Corps concurred with this recommendation and, per the Corps March 2022 Corrective Action Plan, the Marine Depot Maintenance Command (MDMC) updated the June 2020 After Actions Report on lessons learned as well as published a Pandemic Contingency Plan within the MDMC's Emergency Action Plan (EAP) in June 2022. GAO responded that the period covered for those lessons learned should be longer to representative of the complete life cycle of the pandemic and they need to inform their EAP. In October, 2023 we met with the USMC to inform them that we concluded that the Pandemic section added to their EAP was inadequate and suggested they model their pandemic section in their EAP after COMFRC's COOP ANNEX E Pandemic Response Plan. However, as of April, 2024, the Marine Corps has not provided an update, revised CAP, or documentation to support actions that adequately address this recommendation.

Military Depots: Army and Marine Corps Need to Improve Efforts to Address Challenges in Measuring Performance and Planning Maintenance Work

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United States Marine Corps The Commandant of the Marine Corps should ensure that the Marine Corps Logistics Command establishes a complete baseline schedule, which includes all planned depot maintenance work for the fiscal year, against which to measure performance. (Recommendation 2)
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The Marine Corps concurred with this recommendation, and has since taken several actions to implement it by better identifying depot-level reparable requirements and other customer requirements for inclusion in the budget prior to the year of execution. For depot-level reparables, the Marine Corps reported in March 2021 that it had added $19.5 million in depot-level reparables to its baseline master schedule for fiscal year 2020, which represented 75 percent of the Marine Corps depot-level-repairable work that year. Further, the Marine Corps stated that it added $14.3 million in depot-level-repairable workload to its baseline master schedule for fiscal year 2021, or 67 percent of the repairable work performed through the first half of the year. The Marine Corps added that it will continue to refine its process to capture as much depot-level-repairable workload as possible in the baseline Master Workload Schedule. Additionally, for other customer requirements, the Marine Corps took steps to minimize production disruptions and potentially reduce carryover when setting its baseline schedule for fiscal year 2022. Specifically, as of March 2021, the Marine Corps is requiring funding from its other customers by the second quarter of the year of execution so that it can maintain its production schedule, with any funding received afterwards being treated as unplanned workload and rescheduled accordingly. In addition, as of June 2022, the Marine Corps has set a March 31st deadline for its other customers to to provide key information about their requirements, so that the Marine Corps can account for these requirements earlier as it prepares its baseline schedule for the following fiscal year. According to Marine Corps officials, any other workload that comes after March 31st will require additional approval to ensure that the Marine Corps depots have the capability and capacity to meet that workload. The Marine Corps has also developed a process for reaching a formal agreement with its customers to "confirm" the workload, which will then be assigned Master Work Schedule Line Numbers and be added to the baseline Master Work Schedule. We are very encouraged by the Marine Corps actions to date The recommendation remains open in August 2022, pending a discussion with the Marine Corps.

Female Active-Duty Personnel: Guidance and Plans Needed for Recruitment and Retention Efforts

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United States Marine Corps The Secretary of the Navy should ensure that the Commandant of the Marine Corps develops a plan, with clearly defined goals, performance measures, and timeframes, to guide and monitor the Marine Corps' female active-duty servicemember recruitment and retention efforts. (Recommendation 4)
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DOD concurred with this recommendation. In December 2021, the Marine Corps reiterated its position that they are, by law, unable to set recruitment, accession, or retention goals based on race or gender, but that they would continue to monitor and study the topics related to female servicemembers, for example recruitment. At that time, the Marine Corps noted the completion of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan in early 2021, but also stated that the plan's intent is to be a total force plan and not specific to any racial, ethnic, or gender groups. In May 2022, the Marine Corps stated it would undertake a series of other efforts to ensure diversity and inclusion plans guide recruitment and retention efforts of female service members. However, as of April 2024, we are awaiting the next update and neither the Department of the Navy nor the Marine Corps have provided further information or documentation sufficient to close this recommendation as implemented. In order to fully implement this recommendation, the United States Marine Corps will need to develop a plan with clearly defined goals, performance measures, and timeframes to guide and monitor its efforts to recruit and retain female active-duty servicemembers and provide documentation, such as copies of any issued guidance documents, to support any actions the Marine Corps identifies as having taken. We will continue to monitor the Marine Corps' efforts to address this recommendation and will update the status as more information becomes available.