DOD found $4.4 billion in savings during fiscal 2018, and it already has found $1.7 billion in savings through the first two months of FY 2019, Lisa Hershman, the department’s acting chief management officer (CMO), told reporters Tuesday. Hershman — who had been the deputy CMO until John Gibson II, the Pentagon’s first-ever CMO, resigned last month — is focused on uncovering savings from information technology, health care and supply chain operations, as well as from the bureaucracy associated with the Pentagon’s support agencies and field activities. The Office of Management and Budget has directed DOD to identify $46 billion in savings between FY 2019 and FY 2023, reported Defense News. The department previously set a target of finding $4 billion in savings in FY 2018 and $6 billion in FY 2019. Savings that are confirmed by the comptroller’s office will be redirected to warfighting. It is not clear whether Hershman will be nominated by the president to officially replace Gibson, according to the story. … The Army’s top installation officials underscored the importance of forming close relationships with host communities during a Pentagon ceremony last week recognizing five installations and two National Guard commands for partnerships with the public and private sector aimed at improving readiness and saving money. “Leveraging other federal, state or local government skills and capabilities are necessary to maximize our collective response to emerging issues,” said Jordan Gillis, acting assistant secretary for installations, energy and the environment. Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, assistant chief of staff for installation management, echoed Gillis’ remarks: “We couldn’t do what we do inside our gates, without the full support and partnership with those outside our gates.” Read the Army News Service story for descriptions of the seven winners.
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