The military service branches completed nearly one-third of required competency gap assessments when reducing the Defense Department‘s civilian workforce down to a required cap, the Government Accountability Office found.
According to GovExec, the Pentagon estimates it will not finish those assessments until 2015.
More than 800,000 defense civilian workers are either full-time or full-time equivalent employees and the number of civilian employees has gone up 17 percent since 2002, Eric Katz writes.
GAO found the Navy and Air Force met the Pentagon’s required workforce cap for 2012 while the Army did not meet the reduction target, according to Katz’s story.
According to Federal News Radio, Pentagon leaders estimate the caps saved $2.2 billion in 2012 and could save another $11.5 billion through 2016.
GAO recommended the defense secretary direct undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness use gap assessments in decisions regarding possible future reductions or to justify the workforce’s current size, Federal News Radio reports.