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Recommendation: To improve DOD's ability to estimate savings, if any, from future consolidation of training--including any consolidation resulting from a future BRAC round--the Secretary of Defense should direct the military departments to develop baseline cost data.
Agency: Department of Defense Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: DOD did not concur with the recommendation to develop baseline cost data in the event of any future consolidation of training stating that the data calls for BRAC must ensure that the questions asked do not provide the personnel answering the questions insight into the various scenarios being considered and that all installations must be treated equally. However, nothing in our recommendation requires DOD to collect data prior to the implementation of a future, authorized BRAC round. In January 2017, DOD stated that establishing baseline data for future consolidation efforts is inconsistent with the need to ensure a fair and objective process in the compressed timeframe that is required by the BRAC statute. DOD has closed this recommendation, but we still feel that it is valid because baseline cost data is needed for measuring increased costs or savings for change to any program and we will continue to monitor DOD's efforts in this area. As of August 2019, DOD has not completed actions to address this recommendation.