GAO: DoD senior staff assessment lacks clear documentation

Wednesday - 11/10/2010, 6:52pm EST

Brenda Farrell, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues, GAO

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The Government Accountability Office reviewed how the Defense Department assesses its civilian senior leadership workforce requirements.

The GAO report stated, "While most DOD entities used a consistent, clearly documented approach to identify and communicate needs for additional civilian senior leaders, the defense intelligence community's approach lacked similar consistency."

In its effort to cut costs, DoD had made key decisions about reducing civilian senior positions, yet the department could not provide summaries of its analysis to Congress and stakeholders, according to the GAO report.

Brenda Farrell, director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at GAO, joined the DorobekINSIDER to discuss GAO's recommendations.