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GAO: DoD Should Update Acquisition Workforce Plan

PentagonThe Government Accountability Office has recommended the Defense Department update its plan for DoD’s acquisition workforce and release guidance on the utilization of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund.

GAO made the recommendation after an analysis showed six of the 13 acquisition-related career areas did not meet growth objectives DoD crafted in 2010 as part of its acquisition workforce plan, the congressional audit agency said in a report published Monday.

According to the report, three of these six career areas — business, contracting and engineering — were considered a priority by the Pentagon in its 2010 plan.

Auditors noted that DoD posted a 27,000-increase in workforce personnel to approximately 153,000 in March, up from about 126,000 in September 2008.

GAO also called on the department to create time frames for follow-up competency reviews in order to monitor progress in its efforts to address skill gaps.

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