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GAO: DIA Needs Results-Oriented Strategy to Manage Intell Community Grant Program

Jeff Brody

The Government Accountability Office released a report stating that the Defense Intelligence Agency failed to properly oversee the Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence program aiming to diversify the pool of applicants for IC positions. 

GAO assessed DIA’s oversight of CAE from 2011 to 2019 and found that the agency failed to create results-oriented program goals and provided insufficient data for evaluating the program’s success. In addition, DIA wasn’t able to establish monitoring procedures for IC elements’ participation in events supporting the program including college recruitment activities.

The watchdog noted that DIA’s failure in program management will result in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence being unable to properly determine the program’s success as the organization assumes CAE oversight in fiscal 2020. CAE issued 46 grants totaling $69M to 29 colleges from 2005 to 2018 and has been under DIA’s management since 2011.

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