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

GAO-20-110
Feb 12, 2020
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23 Open Recommendations
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Office of the Secretary of Defense The Secretary of Defense, in collaboration with the Secretaries of the military departments, should expand the scope of the department's centralized database on problematic sexual behavior in children and youth, which is under development, to also track information on all incidents involving the abuse of a child (physical, sexual, emotional, and neglect) reported to the Family Advocacy Program or investigated by a military law enforcement organization, regardless of whether the offender was another child, an adult, or someone in a noncaregiving role at the time of the incident. (Recommendation 1)
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Office of the Secretary of Defense The Secretary of Defense, in collaboration with the Secretaries of the military departments, should, as part of the ongoing development of the centralized database, identify and define the elements to be tracked by each responsible organization, such as the Family Advocacy Program and military law enforcement. (Recommendation 2)
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Recommendation status is Open.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Office of the Secretary of Defense The Secretary of Defense, in collaboration with the Secretaries of the military departments, should develop a plan for how it will use the data it will collect in the centralized database to help ensure data-driven decision-making is used to inform program efforts. (Recommendation 3)
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Recommendation status is Open.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Office of the Secretary of Defense The Secretary of Defense, in collaboration with the Secretaries of the military departments, should establish a reliable schedule for the development and implementation of the centralized database on problematic sexual behavior in children and youth that includes key activities, the timeframes and resources needed to execute them, and GAO-identified practices for developing and maintaining a reliable schedule. (Recommendation 4)
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Recommendation status is Open.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Office of the Secretary of Defense The Secretary of Defense, in collaboration with the Secretaries of the military departments, should direct the service Family Advocacy Programs and military law enforcement organizations to document in their respective databases the date that they notified the other entity of a reported incident of child abuse. (Recommendation 5)
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Recommendation status is Open.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Office of the Secretary of Defense The Secretary of Defense, in collaboration with the Secretaries of the military departments, should issue guidance that describes the process through which the service Family Advocacy Programs are to receive and incorporate information into their central registries regarding child abuse allegations and determinations involving their servicemembers and dependents that were recorded by another service's installation Family Advocacy Program. Such guidance should include a mechanism to monitor that the process is occurring consistently. (Recommendation 6)
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Recommendation status is Open.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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

GAO-20-116
Jan 30, 2020
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2 Open Recommendations
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Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment should ensure that the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness create, share, and maintain a comprehensive and up-to-date list of all DOD sharing venues (i.e., working groups), including points of contact, related to depot maintenance. (Recommendation 1)
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Recommendation status is Open.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Office of the Secretary 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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Recommendation status is Open.

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Department of Defense: Actions Needed to Reduce Accounting Adjustments

GAO-20-96
Jan 22, 2020
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8 Open Recommendations
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Defense Finance and Accounting Service The Director of DFAS should, in accordance with the FMR, implement procedures to help ensure that FBWT reconciliations are consistently performed and that all DFAS sites review and document research conducted on the causes of any differences arising from these reconciliations. (Recommendation 1)
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Recommendation status is Open.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) The Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) should update the FMR to clearly define the required supporting documentation for system-generated accounting adjustments, including the required documentation of business rules driving the recording of these adjustments, such as documentation of the programming logic. (Recommendation 2)
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) The Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) should perform and document a comprehensive review of the FMR accounting adjustment category codes to determine their ongoing applicability or the need for additional codes to reflect the current financial reporting environment. (Recommendation 3)
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Recommendation status is Open.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) The Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) should establish procedures to help ensure the consistent implementation of the requirements of DFAS Form 9339. (Recommendation 4)
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) The Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) should update policies and procedures to identify the causes of out-of-balance accounting adjustments and resolve the causes in a timely manner. (Recommendation 5)
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) The Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), in conjunction with the Director of DFAS, should develop and implement policies and procedures to help ensure that root cause analyses for accounting adjustments are consistently performed and documented across DOD. (Recommendation 6)
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Recommendation status is Open.

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Defense Health Care: DOD Should Collect and Use Key Information to Make Decisions about Incentives for Physicians and Dentists

GAO-20-165
Jan 15, 2020
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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Defense Health Agency The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, in coordination with the military departments, collect consistent information on the replacement costs of military physicians and dentists and use this information to inform investment decisions in the package of incentives to recruit and retain military physicians and dentists. (Recommendation 1)
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Recommendation status is Open.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Defense Health Agency The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, in coordination with the military departments, collect consistent information on current and historical retention data, to include data on the percentage of eligible physicians and dentists who accept retention bonuses, and use this information to inform investment decisions in the package of incentives to retain military physicians and dentists. (Recommendation 2)
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Recommendation status is Open.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Defense Health Agency The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, in coordination with the military departments, collect consistent information on private sector civilian wages and use this information to help inform investment decisions in the package of incentives to recruit and retain military physicians and dentists. (Recommendation 3)
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Recommendation status is Open.

When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.