Gates Memo: DoD Must Estimate Cost Before Spending on Reports, Conferences

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Photo: defense.gov

Defense Department employees must be prepared to provide a cost estimate any time they want to use the company credit card, so to speak.

According to a DoD memo from Defense Secretary Robert Gates late last month, by Feb. 1,  all defense agencies and the military branches must use an online cost-assessment tool to estimate the cost of a number of different activities, such as holding a conference or generating a study, according to a report on Federal News Radio.

The online tool is overseen by the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office, which developed it following an initiative Gates first detailed last year.

The new requirements don’t end with requiring DoD personnel to execute cost assessments before undertaking reports or studies. The cost must also be published on the front page of the report, FNR reports.

Reducing internal reports is also part of Gates’ efforts of efficiency-making within the department by reducing overhead costs.

The online tool will sit behind the Pentagon’s firewall, accessible only to employees with DoD’s Common Access Cards, according to Federal News Radio.

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