DOD's New Environmental Security Strategy Faces Barriers

NSIAD-94-142: Published: Sep 30, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1994.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Defense's (DOD) environmental security strategy, focusing on changes made to the DOD organizational structure for environmental management.

GAO found that: (1) the revised DOD strategy for protecting the environment focuses on cleanup, compliance, conservation, pollution prevention, and technology; (2) in order to successfully implement its new environmental strategy, DOD will need to improve its cooperation with other agencies, overcome constraints in implementing environmental regulations, and develop better environmental funding methods; (3) in May 1993, DOD created the Office of Environmental Security to focus on specific environmental issues, and implement its environmental strategy; (4) Congress has directed DOD to realign and justify the office's operating and administrative costs separately in future budget submissions, reduce and hold the operating and administrative budget to $366,000, and limit travel costs to $27,000; (5) future DOD environmental budgets will not be fully realigned because DOD has not separately budgeted or justified its environmental management activities; (6) the Office has agreed to reduce its budget request by $366,000 because the former environmental office supplied Congress with incorrect data on the office's total cost; (7) DOD travel costs are expected to exceed the report limit by $63,000; and (8) the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense has met with congressional staff and reached agreement on the funding limits.

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