Joint Manpower Process:

Limited Progress Made in Implementing DOD Inspector General Recommendations

NSIAD-97-229: Published: Sep 19, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1997.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO assessed the completeness and adequacy of the corrective actions taken by the Secretary of Defense in response to the Department of Defense's (DOD) Inspector General's (IG) recommendations for improving the DOD joint personnel requirements and management program.

GAO noted that: (1) DOD management concurred with 11 of the DOD IG recommendations, partially concurred with 5, and proposed alternative corrective action to satisfy the intent of the remaining recommendation; (2) one recommendation has been fully implemented and DOD has taken some action on all but two of the others; (3) however, resolution of most of the concerns raised by the DOD IG will not be completely accomplished for some time, if at all; (4) for example, although DOD has drafted or is developing policies and procedures to address nine of the concerns, approval is not assured because the policies and procedures are still being coordinated among the affected organizations; and (5) in addition, the corrective actions prescribed or planned in some cases may not adequately address the DOD IG's concerns.

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