Accession Number : ADA331075

Title :   Defense Headquarters; Total Personnel and Costs Are Significantly Higher Than Reported to Congress.

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

PDF Url : ADA331075

Report Date : OCT 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : In 1972, after receiving inconsistent data on DOD headquarters from the military services, the House Appropriations Committee directed DOD to define headquarters functions, list headquarters activities, and develop a common method of accounting for headquarters personnel and costs. In response, in 1973 the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued DOD Directive 5100.73. DOD'S annual budget exhibits to Congress on management headquarters and headquarters support are unreliable because the number of personnel and costs are significantly higher than reported. As a result, neither DOD nor Congress can determine trends in headquarters personnel and costs to help them make informed decisions about the appropriate size of headquarters. During fiscal years 1985-96, DOD reported steady decreases in its management headquarters and headquarters support personnel-a 31-percent decline from about 77,000 to 53,000. However, these data did not include personnel at most of DOD's noncombat organizations that are subordinate to management headquarters.

Descriptors :   *FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, *COST ANALYSIS, *ACCURACY, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), CONTROL, LOGISTICS SUPPORT, CONGRESS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, POLICIES, LONG RANGE(TIME), RELIABILITY, PERSONNEL, DEFENSE PLANNING, MILITARY BUDGETS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE