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Posts Tagged ‘efficiency initiative’

Conferees Find Middle Ground on Pentagon Streamlining Initiative

  • October 4, 2015
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The Defense Department would need to achieve $10 billion in savings in its headquarters, administrative and support activities within four years, under the final version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. Spending on major headquarters activities — which would count toward the $10 billion target — would need to be trimmed by 25 percent by FY 2020, according to the legislation. The language also allows DOD to count savings already realized through an initiative announced in 2013 to lower headquarters spending by 20 percent …

Pentagon Deputy Orders Deep Funding Cuts across Headquarters Activities

  • September 10, 2015
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Major DOD headquarters activities will need to plan for a 25 percent reduction in funding for fiscal years 2017 to 2020, according to a recent memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work. “We anticipate Congress will require a 25 percent reduction in the funding of DOD headquarters in lieu of the 20 percent requirement previously established by the department,” Work’s memo stated. “Even if Congress fails to act, the department needs the savings that will be achieved through this reduction to fund higher priority requirements in support of the warfighter and to address underfunded strategic needs,” it said. The cuts apply to major DOD headquarters activities across the military departments, the office of the secretary of defense, Joint Staff, defense agencies and field activities, and the combatant commands …

Pentagon Launches New Review to Streamline Management Structure

  • August 11, 2015
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Defense officials will be developing a plan to trim the supervisory workforce within the office of the secretary of defense and associated defense agencies and field activities, following a recent directive from Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work. The initiative, which is specifically aimed at “rationalizing and delayering” the management structure at DOD headquarters, represents the department’s latest reform effort to slash overhead spending. The DCMO will form a team of subject matter experts to work with affected organizations “to conduct a review of supervisory ratios and spans of control; create standardized frameworks; and develop implementation plans for the to-be rationalized organization in compliance with staff reduction requirements …

Senate’s ‘Reform’ Authorization Bill Seeks to Downsize Pentagon

  • May 17, 2015
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The fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill passed Thursday by the Senate Armed Services Committee would launch a reorganization of the Defense Department in an attempt to eliminate unnecessary overhead and direct limited funding to operations and readiness. The annual policy bill would reduce funding for headquarters and administrative functions for military services, defense agencies, combatant commands, the office of the secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff by 7.5 percent for four years, totaling 30 percent by the fourth year. The cuts would yield $1.7 billion in savings in FY 2016 and recurring savings of $6.8 billion per year by the fourth year …

Pentagon to Keep Spotlight on Administrative Reforms, Hagel Says

  • September 8, 2014
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Administrative reforms at DOD will continue to be a priority despite renewed threats around the globe, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters Monday in Turkey. “As many of these more immediate threats that face our country and the world … must be a priority, that said, we also have other responsibilities,” Hagel said, reported Defense News. There will be a “continued focus on the reform measures that we have undertaken” — including changes within acquisition, healthcare and the nuclear force …

Pentagon Embarks on New Streamlining Campaign

  • September 1, 2014
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The Defense Department is preparing to launch a new initiative to reduce overhead and administrative costs in the office of the secretary of defense and the 16 defense agencies, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work. The effort, which will bypass the military services and combatant commands, will partially rely on outside experts from the Defense Business Board and Business Executives for National Security …

Donley Named to Lead Effort to Streamline DOD’s Organizational Structure

  • September 2, 2013
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Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley will head up a review of the Pentagon’s organizational structure intended to trim headquarters costs of the office of the secretary of defense (OSD) by 20 percent over the next five years, Reuters reported last week. The review, described in an Aug. 26 memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, is aimed at producing “a more effective and efficient organization for OSD while reducing the number of civilian, military and contractor personnel supporting it.” It is slated to recommend ways to reduce the number of people who report to the secretary by consolidating functions and eliminating jobs …

New BRAC Round Key to Trimming Budget, Former DOD Official Says

  • February 5, 2013
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To avoid “hollowing out” the force as it slashes spending over the next decade, the Defense Department will need to identify components of the budget other than force structure, readiness and modernization to capture the needed savings, Michèle Flournoy, who served as defense undersecretary for policy under Obama until last February, wrote in a commentary Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal. Where else to look? One place is infrastructure. “This inability to shed or realign facilities hangs like an albatross around the department’s neck …

Air Force Has Little Left to Cut … Except for Bases, Secretary Says

  • January 9, 2013
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The Air Force has undergone a dramatic downsizing over the past decade to produce a force that is smaller than before 9/11, eliminating more than 30,000 personnel and retiring nearly 1,900 aircraft. Shrinking the Air Force has been the only effective response to declining budgets that would maintain readiness, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley explains in a series of commentaries this week …

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

  • 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 …

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