Navy Shore Manpower Program:

Decision To Decentralize Needs To Be Rethought

NSIAD-87-99BR: Published: May 11, 1987. Publicly Released: May 19, 1987.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the Navy's decision to decentralize the responsibilities for the shore component of the Navy Shore Manpower Document Program, focusing on the: (1) rationale for the program change; and (2) potential effectiveness of decentralization.

GAO found that the Navy did not thoroughly analyze its decision to decentralize, because it did not: (1) consult the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the major Navy organizations affected by the decision; (2) make cost-benefit studies; (3) consider options other than decentralization; and (4) provide the resources and management controls necessary for an effective decentralized program. GAO concluded that the Navy's decision could adversely affect its ability to meet congressional directives calling for determination of manpower requirements through an effective manpower management system.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Secretary of the Navy suspended any further action to decentralize the shore manpower program and established a study group to determine the best way to organize the program.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should suspend the decision to decentralize manpower responsibilities for shore activities until a thorough analysis to determine the best way to organize the shore manpower program can be performed. Adoption of this recommendation would not preclude eventual implementation of a decentralized program, especially for efficiency reviews, provided adequate resources and essential management controls are in place.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy


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