In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) personnel management accounting and reporting systems to determine whether they provide DOD managers with the kind of information they need to determine personnel shortfalls and excesses in occupational specialities in the event of a major mobilization.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. The Secretary of Defense should review the services' central manpower and personnel management accounting and reporting systems to determine what changes can be made to these systems so that total-force occupational requirements and resources can be related, monitored, and reported.|
|Department of Defense||2. The Secretary of Defense should develop and implement policies and procedures for reconciling, analyzing, and reporting total military force needs and resources by occupation for peacetime, mobilization, and wartime operations.|
|Department of Defense||3. The Secretary of Defense should use the results of total-force occupational reconciliation and analysis to review and monitor service recruiting, training and assignment plans, strength changes, and force readiness.|
|Department of Defense||4. The Secretary of Defense should maintain documentation of total-force reconciliations and analyses to support statements of shortfalls and excesses.|