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In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Navy's civilian work-force reductions at naval shipyards, specifically: (1) changes in the naval shipyard work-force level; (2) reasons for work-force changes; and (3) the basis for the reductions-in-force (RIF) cost and savings estimates.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of the Navy 1. The Secretary of the Navy should direct the Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, to revise the guidance for calculating shipyard RIF costs and savings to: (1) consider all shipyard budgetary and indirect RIF costs; (2) recognize the effect of attrition on RIF savings estimates; and (3) use consistent assumptions.
Closed - Implemented
The Department of Defense (DOD) agreed with part of this recommendation to revise guidance for calculating shipyard RIF costs and savings, while disagreeing with the other parts relating to indirect costs and the effect of attrition on RIF savings estimates.

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