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GAO reviewed the Army's peacetime screening process to determine whether it effectively identified reservists with civilian occupations that would be critical to private-sector operations during a war effort.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. The Secretary of Defense should provide guidance to the military services on how to fulfill their screening responsibility for ready reservists employed in the nonfederal sector. In this regard, the Secretary should examine the feasibility of implementing a system to directly notify nonfederal employers of ready reservists of their screening opportunity. Such a system should, at a minimum, notify employers in the fields of public health, safety, and defense support industries.|
|Department of the Army||2. If the Secretary of Defense determines that direct notification is not feasible, the Secretary of the Army should require Army commands to establish procedures to obtain feedback from reservists on whether nonfederal employers have been informed of their screening opportunity.|