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DOD Needs to Better Track Results from Efficiency Initiatives, GAO Finds

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  • December 5, 2012
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The Pentagon lacks a uniform approach to track whether the department is achieving $100 billion in anticipated savings from efficiency initiatives launched by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in fiscal 2012, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Some services were not reporting all of the costs required to carry out cost-cutting moves, nor all the savings generated, reported Government Executive. The Navy’s initiative to reduce fleet shore command personnel from U.S. Pacific Fleet and U.S. Fleet Forces Command, for example, did not account for potential increases in relocation costs for moving fleet shore command personnel from Pacific Fleet and Fleet Forces Command to other areas within the Navy.

The congressional watchdog agency recommended DOD develop guidance with standardized definitions and methodologies for the military departments to use in reporting their efficiency initiatives and savings.

The streamlining actions were intended to produce savings in overhead costs from reorganizations, better business practices, program reductions and cutbacks of lower-priority programs.

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