More Information Needed to Assess DODs Plans to Reduce Workforce GAO Concludes

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Pentagon has failed to outline how it plans to achieve savings in its civilian and contractor workforces that the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill calls for, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).Section 955 of the measure requires the department to achieve savings in the cost of the civilian and contractor workforces from FY 2012-2017 at the same rate as military personnel costs associated with reductions in end strength decline.“While DOD developed a plan for reductions in the civilian workforce, it did not provide details to understand how these reductions would be achieved or any information demonstrating that the goals were being achieved,” the report states.“Without this information, Congress has limited assurance on how the department will achieve required savings and whether the savings will be achieved in a manner that is consistent with workforce management laws,” GAO said.DOD has reduced the size of its civilian workforce by 3.3 percent from FY 2012-2016, but civilian personnel costs dropped by only 0.9 percent, the agency found. Over the same period, military end strength has declined by about 6 percent, and personnel costs have fallen by about 8 percent.The congressional watchdog agency found that the Pentagon would need to reduce spending on its contractor workforce by about $4.1 billion from FY 2012-2017 to match the planned reduction in military forces over the same period.“At a time when the entire federal government is facing fiscal challenges that are likely to continue, DOD must plan strategically for reductions to its civilian and contractor workforces to achieve savings,” the report stated, according to the Military Times.last_img

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