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Recommendation: To ensure that the Navy's manpower requirements are current and analytically based and will meet the needs of the existing and future surface fleet, the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness should direct the Secretary of the Navy to have the Navy identify personnel needs and costs associated with the planned larger Navy fleet size, including consideration of the updated manpower factors and requirements.
Agency: Department of Defense: Office of the Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: DOD concurred with our recommendation, citing its commitment to ensuring that the Navy's manpower requirements are current and analytically based and will meet the needs of the existing and future surface fleet. We will continue to monitor the Navy's implementation of this recommendation in early 2020 after a new force structure assessment is finalized.
Recommendation: To further DOD's efforts to identify opportunities for more efficient use of headquarters-related resources, the Secretary of Defense should direct the Deputy Chief Management Officer, in coordination with the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretaries of the military departments, and the heads of the defense agencies and DOD field activities, to, once this definition is published in DOD guidance, collect reliable information on the costs associated with functions within headquarters organizations--through revisions to the Inherently Governmental / Commercial Activities Inventory or another method--in order to provide the department with detailed information for use in estimating resources associated with specific headquarters functions, and in making decisions, monitoring performance, and allocating resources.
Agency: Department of Defense Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: DOD concurred with our recommendation. As of October 2019, DOD had made progress on this recommendation by documenting it had aligned manpower and total obligation authority in the Future Years Defense Program to major headquarters activities. Further, it sponsored assessments of data elements and coding relationships among manpower, financial, programming systems among others, and a separate assessment of the accuracy and relevancy of existing IGCA function codes. These assessments were expected to be completed by fiscal year 2019. As of October 2019, the department had not, however, finalized the definition of major headquarters activities in its guidance or provided an updated status on the research efforts on its data elements. When the department formalizes the definition in guidance and takes action in response to its assessment of IGCA inventory data it will be better positioned to accurately assess headquarters functions and estimate related resources.