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Contested Information Environment: Actions Needed to Strengthen Education and Training for DOD Leaders

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in consultation with the combatant commands and the military services, develops department-wide guidance about what content to include in its education and training efforts for decision-making in a contested information environment, as well as the type and frequency of such efforts necessary for leaders to develop skills in this area. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in consultation with the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, the combatant commands, and the military services, conducts an assessment and comprehensively reviews related component assessments of the resources necessary to meet current needs for educating and training leaders to make decisions in a contested information environment. The assessment should also identify modifications, if any, needed to improve the results of future education and training efforts to increase the preparedness of DOD's leaders to make such decisions. (Recommendation 2)
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Columbia Class Submarine: Program Lacks Essential Schedule Insight amid Continuing Construction Challenges

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that OUSD(R&E) conducts a schedule risk analysis of the lead Columbia submarine's construction schedule to inform the first in-progress program review of 2023, and provide the results to the program office. (Recommendation 2)
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DOD Financial Management: Greater Attention and Accountability Needed over Government-Furnished Property

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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Under Secretary for Defense (Acquisition and Sustainment), in collaboration with the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), documents and implements a process for (1) developing and distributing DOD-wide GFP-related guidance in the form of memorandums, including procedures to obtain and incorporate input from military departments, and (2) reviewing military departments' compliance with this guidance. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), in collaboration with the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Sustainment), documents specific written procedures, such as in a charter, for how the PFC and other related oversight groups will function. The procedures should (1) establish expectations for meeting frequency; (2) establish the group's specific goals and objectives, including expectations for regularly assessing the effectiveness and timeliness of remediation efforts; and (3) identify key participants. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Sustainment), in collaboration with the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), develops and documents a comprehensive strategy, separate from the financial management strategy, to clearly articulate the detailed DOD-wide efforts to address the GFP material weakness. The comprehensive strategy should document (1) steps to identify and address root causes of deficiencies, (2) an overall planned remediation date with specific interim target dates based on an analysis of feasible time frames, and (3) steps to reassess actions after significant target dates so that plans can be adjusted as needed. (Recommendation 3)
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Information Management: Agencies Need to Streamline Electronic Services

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should establish a reasonable time frame for when the Department of Defense will be able to accept remote identity proofing with authentication, digitally accept access and consent forms from individuals who were properly identity proofed and authenticated, and post access and consent forms on the department's privacy program website. (Recommendation 2)
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Tactical Aircraft Investments: DOD Needs Additional Portfolio Analysis to Inform Future Budget Decisions

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should conduct an integrated acquisition portfolio review of all piloted fixed-wing tactical aircraft platforms. This review should analyze key elements including, but not limited to, portfolio goals; potential overlap; potential tradeoffs; capability gaps; risk; and cost, schedule, and performance information on each platform within the portfolio. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should establish a requirement that ensures the congressional defense committees receive information underpinning DOD's integrated acquisition portfolio review of all piloted fixed-wing tactical aircraft platforms. (Recommendation 2)
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Military Correctional Facilities: Consistent Application of Standards and Improved Oversight Could Enhance Health and Safety

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Agency Recommendation Status
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD (P&R)), should issue or revise existing guidance, such as DOD Instruction 1325.07 or the DOD Corrections Council charter, to require that the services report to the USD(P&R) (1) the specific details of incidents that implicate health and safety standards or that require internal reporting to a service corrections command due to their serious or critical nature and (2) the results of higher-level inspections and audits of MCFs and actions taken to remedy identified deficiencies. (Recommendation 5)
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Women in Special Operations: Improvements to Policy, Data, and Assessments Needed to Better Understand and Address Career Barriers

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5 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, in coordination with the Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command; the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness; and the Secretaries of the military departments, establishes a collaborative process for the timely sharing of accurate and complete data on SOCOM personnel, including data on incidents of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. (Recommendation 4)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness clearly documents and communicates which office has responsibility for the required annual assessments regarding the full integration of women into previously closed positions. (Recommendation 5)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness establishes a consistent process for the use of the required annual assessments regarding the full integration of women into previously closed positions. The process should include a plan of action to guide efforts to address any barriers to women's service in U.S. Special Operations Forces identified in the assessments. (Recommendation 6)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, in coordination with the Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command and the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, completes a comprehensive analysis of barriers regarding women in U.S. Special Operations Forces. (Recommendation 7)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, in coordination with the Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command and the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, upon completion of a comprehensive analysis of barriers regarding women in U.S. Special Operations Forces, develops a plan of action to address any barriers or career impediments to women's service in U.S. Special Operations Forces identified in the analysis, with goals, objectives, metrics, and milestones. (Recommendation 8)
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DOD Cybersecurity: Enhanced Attention Needed to Ensure Cyber Incidents Are Appropriately Reported and Shared

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5 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the DOD CIO, Commander of CYBERCOM, and Commander of JFHQ-DODIN assign responsibility for overseeing cyber incident reporting and leadership notification, and ensuring policy compliance. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the DOD CIO, Commander of CYBERCOM, and Commander of JFHQ-DODIN align policy and system requirements to enable DOD to have enterprise-wide visibility of cyber incident reporting to support tactical, strategic, and military strategies for response. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the DOD CIO, Commander of CYBERCOM, and Commander of JFHQ-DODIN include in new guidance on incident reporting include detailed procedures for identifying, reporting, and notifying leadership of critical cyber incidents. (Recommendation 3)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Commander of CYBERCOM—in coordination with DOD CIO and Directors of DC3 and DCSA—examines whether information on DIB-related cyber incidents handled by CSSPs is relevant to the missions of other DOD components, including DC3 and DCSA, and identifies when and with whom such information should be shared. (Recommendation 4)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the DOD CIO determines what actions need to be taken to encourage more complete and timely mandatory cyber incident reporting from DIB companies. (Recommendation 5)
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