The Defense Department‘s Office of the Inspector General has found that the heads of multiple DoD components have yet to finish taking corrective action on almost 2,000 recommendations that the office proposed following various audits and evaluation initiatives.
Recommendations in the 2018 Compendium report covered various topics such as logistics, intelligence, acquisition programs, finance and accounting, information technology resources, contractor oversight, healthcare and morale, construction and installation support and environment.
The OIG said that, as of March 31, 1,558 of its recommendations remain “open,” of which 25 were deemed “high priority,” meaning acting on them could improve agency operations significantly, while 33 were identified as potentially leading to financial benefits worth $2.3 billion.
On the other hand, 102 recommendations were deemed “unresolved,” meaning they were rejected by the DoD units to whom they were directed.
Dissenting DoD units will subsequently have to come to an agreement with the OIG on how best to address the issues that were detected.
The office pointed out that its recommendations aim “to improve program management and operations, and to address fraud, abuse, mismanagement, and waste of DoD funds” and called on DoD senior management “to focus attention on implementing open recommendations and ensure that prompt resolution and action is taken.”