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Military Cyber Personnel: Opportunities Exist to Improve Service Obligation Guidance and Data Tracking

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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel updates Army Regulation 614-200 in a timely manner to clearly define active-duty service obligations for ION training, for the Army's relevant cyber enlisted personnel. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel updates Army Regulation 350-100 in a timely manner to clearly define active-duty service obligations for ION training, for the Army's relevant cyber officers. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Chief of Staff of the Army takes the necessary steps to integrate U.S. Cyber Command work roles into the Army's personnel system of record to track cyber personnel data by work role. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Women in Special Operations: Improvements to Policy, Data, and Assessments Needed to Better Understand and Address Career Barriers

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should revise Army policy for prohibited discrimination—specifically, provisions related to such incidents occurring in joint environments—to ensure that the Army policy aligns with DOD policy. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Servicemembers Transitioning to Civilian Life: DOD Can Better Leverage Performance Information to Improve Participation in Counseling Pathways

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army, in coordination with the Secretary of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, should better leverage TAP performance information on 2-day class attendance to develop and implement a corrective action plan for improving attendance, as appropriate, particularly for servicemembers deemed to require maximum transition support. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army, in coordination with the Secretary of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, should better leverage TAP performance information on when servicemembers begin initial and pre-separation counseling to develop and implement a corrective action plan to improve timeliness. (Recommendation 6)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Military Readiness: Actions Needed to Further Implement Predictive Maintenance on Weapon Systems

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4 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should designate a single entity with sufficient authority and resources necessary to support the implementation of predictive maintenance across the Army. (Recommendation 1)
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The Department of the Army concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the Army has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should develop a comprehensive implementation plan for predictive maintenance, which includes action plans and milestones for current weapon systems, outcome-related goals and objectives, a process for evaluating progress, and a framework to develop and track milestones. (Recommendation 5)
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The Department of the Army concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the Army has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should develop a plan with specific quantifiable metrics and goals for evaluating predictive maintenance. (Recommendation 9)
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The Department of the Army concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the Army has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should establish procedures and conduct ongoing monitoring and reporting of the results from predictive maintenance for major weapon systems. (Recommendation 13)
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The Department of the Army concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the Army has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Army Ammunition: Actions Needed to Improve Management of Procurement and Production Practices

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should direct the appropriate offices within the Army to revise the governing documents of Army organizations involved in managing the procurement and production of conventional ammunition at government-owned, contractor-operated plants to ensure they are current and clearly delineate roles and responsibilities. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology directs the Joint Program Executive Office Armaments and Ammunition, in conjunction with Joint Munitions Command and Army Contracting Command, to establish a mechanism to collect, analyze, validate, archive, and share lessons learned related to managing conventional ammunition procurement and production at government-owned, contractor-operated plants. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Servicemember Absences: DOD Actions Needed to Enhance Related Data, Procedures, and Staffing

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Agency Recommendation Status
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the CID Director establishes a process to determine the specific number of special agents needed to conduct criminal investigations. (Recommendation 6)
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The Army concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the Army has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Military Naturalizations: Federal Agencies Assist with Naturalizations, but Additional Monitoring and Assessment Are Needed

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should develop a procedure to collect information on the timeliness of certifying officials' return of N-426 forms to servicemembers applying for naturalization. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Military Personnel: Armed Forces Should Clarify Tattoo Policies' Waiver Guidance

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army, in coordination with the Chief of Staff of the Army, should update the Army's tattoo policy, as appropriate, to better ensure that it clearly documents whether waivers to the tattoo policy are available for both recruits and service members; and provides clear guidance on tattoos eligible for waivers, the waiver approval authority, requirements for requesting a waiver, and on any other conditions required for waiver consideration or approval. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Military Service Academies: Actions Needed to Better Assess Organizational Climate

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy develops a clear and consistent process to document and report alleged incidents of discrimination and harassment that are not submitted through the complaint processing system. [Recommendation 1]
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The Secretary of the Army concurred with this recommendation. According to an update provided to GAO on December 1, 2022, the United States Military Academy has established a working group to determine data collection requirements for logging alleged incidents of discrimination and harassment that are not submitted through the complaint processing system and the use of an automated system to collect this information. The update states that this information would be used to inform the command of organizational climate issues. We will continue to monitor the actions taken to implement this

Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy completes the development of performance measures for actions in its diversity, equity, and inclusion plan, and implements them, so that it can assess the effectiveness of its efforts to improve organizational climate. [Recommendation 5]
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The Secretary of the Army concurred with this recommendation. According to an update provided to GAO on December 1, 2022, the United States Military Academy initiated a comprehensive planning effort to update its current Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity Plan in July 2022. According to the update, this review will better align the existing plan with updated guidance from the White House, DOD, U.S. Army, and current expectations within higher education. We will continue to monitor the actions taken to implement this recommendation.

Cloud Computing: DOD Needs to Improve Workforce Planning and Software Application Modernization

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1 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should direct the Army CIO to provide additional guidance on TBM allocation of spending for cloud services to specific cost pools and towers, and to develop a process for assessing and improving the quality of TBM data. (Recommendation 9)
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In comments on this report, the Department of Defense (DOD) stated that it concurred that a definitive assessment process should be codified into Army policy (in accordance with the portion of our recommendation to develop a process for assessing and improving the quality of TBM data). In addition, DOD stated that the Army would initiate an Army-wide review of how IT requirements were documented as part of its planning, programming, budgeting, and execution process. We will continue to monitor Army's progress in implementing this recommendation.

Sexual Harassment and Assault: The Army Should Take Steps to Enhance Program Oversight, Evaluate Effectiveness, and Identify Reporting Barriers

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Director of the Army SHARP Program expedites and establishes a timeline for the issuance of a SHARP regulation that consolidates the various policies, to include clarified procedures for managing sexual harassment complaints. (Recommendation 1)
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The Army concurred with this recommendation. In December 2022, Army SHARP officials stated that a consolidated SHARP regulation that includes various relevant policies and clarified procedures for managing sexual harassment complaints has been drafted and is currently in internal review. Based on current timelines, the Army expects to publish the regulation no later than January 15, 2023. In order to implement this recommendation, the Army should publish the consolidated SHARP regulation, including the recommended elements. We will review the regulation upon publishing, and will provide

Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Director of the Army SHARP Program conducts a review of the consolidated SHARP regulation prior to issuance to ensure that it aligns with DOD policies for sexual harassment and assault prevention and response. (Recommendation 2)
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The Army concurred with this recommendation. In December 2022, the Army requested closure of this recommendation as implemented, stating that it had conducted the recommended review while drafting the consolidated SHARP regulation which is currently scheduled to be published by January 15, 2023. However, the Army did not provide documentation of such review, and the draft of the regulation provided lacked at least one element outlined in DOD policy and discussed in our report. Specifically, DODI policy requires that SARCs request, and upon victim consent expeditiously transfer, case management

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