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Servicemembers (like most Americans) enter into contracts with mandatory arbitration clauses—such as apartment leases. These contracts require disputes to be resolved in private proceedings with arbitrators instead of in court.
DOD uses term and temporary appointments to hire civilian personnel for non-permanent positions that have uncertain funding or workload. (Temporary appointments are generally shorter than term appointments.)
DOD recently extended the duration of its term and temporary appointments.
About 200,000 servicemembers transition to civilian life each year, according to DOD. Some veterans may struggle to find civilian employment. For example, a veteran may not know how his or her military training could apply to a civilian job.
Contracts awarded by the Department of Defense can include work that is physically demanding and dangerous, like construction and manufacturing.
We found some defense contractors had been cited for safety or health violations.
What GAO Found The Department of Defense's (DOD) May 2016 report on commissaries and exchanges does not provide a plan for achieving budget neutrality, which DOD interprets as ending the use of appropriated funding for commissaries and exchanges by October 2018.
What GAO Found The Department of Defense's (DOD) 47,340 civilian employees who filed claims under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) made up 17 percent of FECA claimants in 2015, and DOD total-disability beneficiaries (i.e.
What GAO Found The Army National Guard (ARNG) has taken steps to increase oversight of its recruiting process primarily conducted by recruiters dispersed at the state-level but has not established a permanent program to monitor state-level recruiting activities.
What GAO Found The Department of Defense (DOD) obligated $54.6 billion, or $280 million less than the limit on contract services for fiscal year 2014 due, in part, to increased oversight by the DOD Comptroller's office and military departments.