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Child Welfare: Increased Guidance and Collaboration Needed to Improve DOD's Tracking and Response to Child Abuse

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Office of the Secretary of the Army The Secretary of the Army should develop a process to monitor how reported incidents of child abuse are screened at installations to help ensure that all reported child abuse incidents that should be presented to an Incident Determination Committee are consistently presented and therefore tracked. (Recommendation 7)
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The Army concurred with this recommendation. In July 2021, the Army issued Army Directive 2021-26, which outlines how reported incidents of child abuse are to be screened at installations as part of the Incident Determination Committee and Clinical Case Staff Meeting processes. However, the guidance does not detail a process to monitor how reported incidents of child abuse are screened at installations. As of December 2022, we continue to monitor the Army's efforts to address this recommendation and will update its status as more information becomes available. The Army will need to provide

Office of the Secretary of the Army The Secretary of the Army should seek to develop a memorandum of understanding with the National Children's Alliance that makes children's advocacy center services available to all Army installations and thereby increase awareness of those services across the department. (Recommendation 20)
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The Army partially concurred with this recommendation. In February 2022, the Army stated that it had completed a draft memorandum of understanding with the National Children's Alliance and that it was undergoing a legal review. As of December 2022, the Army stated that the memorandum of understanding was on hold pending a DOD level memorandum of understanding to ensure that the department and service-level agreements align. The Army estimated that it would complete its memorandum of understanding by September 2024. To fully implement this recommendation, the Army will need to provide

Military Depots: DOD Can Benefit from Further Sharing of Best Practices and Lessons Learned

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Office of the Secretary of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that Army Materiel Command reestablish and maintain organizations dedicated to sharing materiel best practices and lessons learned, as required by Army regulations. (Recommendation 2)
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DOD concurred with this recommendation. In response to our report, the Army stated it is working to update policies to accurately reflect current activities for capturing, preserving, and distributing lessons learned and best practices throughout the organic industrial base. As of June 2022, the estimated completion date is October 2022. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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