A review was conducted of the Department of Defense's (DOD) backlog of real property maintenance and repair projects. The reported DOD backlog is hundreds of millions of dollars less than the actual level of deficiencies. Consequently, Congress is not receiving a true picture of the backlog.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. The Secretary of Defense should report the DOD unconstrained total requirements in the Department's annual budget presentation to provide increased visibility in the area of real property maintenance and repair.|
|Department of Defense||2. The Secretary of Defense should require the services to improve their inspections and planning to ensure that maintenance and repair project identification is complete and that projects are validated and based on adequately derived and current cost estimates.|
|Department of Defense||3. The Secretary of Defense should establish and issue criteria to be used by the services in determining manageable or acceptable levels of maintenance backlog.|
|Department of Defense||4. The Secretary of Defense should issue guidance to provide that the defined manageable level be uniformly used by all the military services in evaluating relative plant condition and the adequacy and effectiveness of funding decisions related to real property.|
|Department of Defense||5. The Secretary of Defense should require the military services to modify their systems where necessary and implement controls to ensure that services uniformly interpret the definition and instructions for reporting backlog.|