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Navy Ship Maintenance: Actions Needed to Address Maintenance Delays for Surface Ships Based Overseas

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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of the Secretary of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should use the results of the analysis to develop a plan to address surface ship maintenance delays overseas. Such a plan should incorporate results-oriented elements, including analytically based goals, identification of risks to achieving those goals, identification of required resources and stakeholders, metrics to measure progress, and regular reporting on progress. (Recommendation 3)
Open – Partially Addressed

The Department of Defense concurred with this recommendation and, in August 2020, the Department of the Navy provided an action plan to respond to our recommendations, including information pertaining to its analysis of and plan to address overseas surface ship maintenance delays. In March 2021 the department provided additional information regarding the analysis it conducted, and in August 2022 provided the resulting proposed plan to address delays in response to our recommendation. The analysis and resulting plan identified four main contributing factors to delays. The Navy's plan included

Office of the Secretary of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should ensure that Naval Sea Systems Command assesses and mitigates risks posed by any challenges, such as persistent delays and capacity limitations, to successful implementation of its new maintenance approach in Japan. (Recommendation 4)
Open

The Department of Defense concurred with this recommendation and, in August 2020, the Department of the Navy provided an action plan to respond to our recommendations in Fiscal Year 2021. Steps the Navy planned to take included for Naval Sea Systems Command to assess and mitigate any risks to successful implementation of its maintenance approach in Japan. In March 2022, the department updated its expected completion date for these efforts to September 30, 2022, so that the Navy may more fully incorporate analysis conducted as a result of our other recommendations into Technical Foundation

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

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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of the Secretary of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should ensure that the Commandant of the Marine Corps develops 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 9)
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The Navy concurred with this recommendation. In April 2021, the Marine Corps issued Marine Corps Order 1754.11A, which outlines how reported incidents of child abuse are screened at installations. However, it does not include a process for how those screening decisions will be monitored. In December 2022, the Marine Corps stated that it was also developing a process to document the standardized and formalized screening of incidents of child abuse at installations. It expected to complete this action by the end of March 2023. To fully implement this recommendation, the Marine Corps will need to

Office of the Secretary of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should continue to develop a memorandum of understanding with the National Children's Alliance that makes children's advocacy center services available to all Navy installations and thereby increase awareness of those services across the department. (Recommendation 21)
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The Navy partially concurred with this recommendation. In December 2020, the Navy stated that it had completed a draft memorandum of understanding with the National Children's Alliance and that it was undergoing review by the Navy's Office of General Counsel. As of December 2022, the Navy 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 Navy estimated that it would complete its memorandum of understanding by September 2024. To fully implement this recommendation, the

Office of the Secretary of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should ensure that the Commandant of the Marine Corps continues to develop a memorandum of understanding with the National Children's Alliance that makes children's advocacy center services available to all Marine Corps installations and thereby increase awareness of those services across the service. (Recommendation 22)
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The Navy concurred with this recommendation. In February 2022, the Marine Corps stated that it was working with the National Children's Alliance to develop a memorandum of understanding. As of December 2022, the Marine Corps 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 Marine Corps estimated that it would complete its memorandum of understanding by September 2024. To fully implement this recommendation, the Marine Corps will need to provide documentation to show that

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