GAO Says DOD Needs Better Data To Reduce HQ Costs

By Bryan Koenig (July 1, 2016, 2:03 PM EDT) -- The Government Accountability Office criticized the U.S. Department of Defense Thursday for pursuing efforts to save costs by eliminating overlapping and duplicative headquarters functions without adequate data to actually identify those functions that fit under the headquarters umbrella.

While acknowledging Pentagon efforts in recent years to make its headquarters operations more efficient, a GAO report released Thursday nevertheless said the department will have to do better in properly identifying those functions if it wants to save the $62-$84 billion identified in potential cost savings between fiscal years 2016 and 2020.

"DOD's limited information on which positions perform which headquarters functions and...

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