Accession Number : ADA330848

Title :   Defense Acquisition Organizations: Reductions in Civilian and Military Workforce

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA330848

Report Date : OCT 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : The legislative mandates of fiscal years 1996 and 1997 to reduce the acquisition workforce allow the Secretary of Defense wide latitude in implementing those cuts. According to Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) data, DOD has exceeded the requirements to reduce its acquisition workforce by 30,000. If current trends in workforce reductions continue, it appears that DOD will also achieve an overall acquisition workforce personnel reduction of 25 percent (94,400 of 377,600) by the end of fiscal year 2000, consistent with its congressionally required plan. Most of the downsizing was achieved through reductions in personnel, but a significant portion was also attained through DOD's streamlining efforts that resulted in disestablishing the Army Information Systems Command (AISC) and distributing the majority of its personnel into a nonacquisition organization (i.e., outside of the purview of DOD instruction 5000.58). These efforts also redirected some personnel to other DOD organizations. Of approximately 40,000 civilian personnel reductions, about 9,000 (roughly 22 percent) persons remain employed in other DOD organizations. A review of reductions by occupational series shows that the largest concentrations were in the following occupational fields: Electronics Engineering, Secretary, Computer Specialist, Contracting, Management Analyst, and Administrative. By contrast, DOD's contract awards for services rose steadily for fiscal years 1994 to 1996 for most of the functions normally done by personnel in these occupational fields. DOD is currently developing a methodology for redefining its acquisition workforce.

Descriptors :   *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, *CIVILIAN PERSONNEL, *MILITARY DOWNSIZING, COST EFFECTIVENESS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE