DoD financial management workforce gives low marks to decades-old PPBE system

The Pentagon’s decades-old planning and budgeting process doesn’t have a lot of fans – least of all the people who work within it every day.

The American Society of Military Comptrollers has been surveying the DoD financial management workforce for their views about the planning, programming, budgeting and execution process as part of a task force on PPBE reform. Among other things, ASMC found 71 percent of the workforce thinks PPBE keeps the department from quickly responding to its mission needs, and strong majorities say the information technology tools they use to plan hundreds of billions of dollars in spending each year are woefully inadequate.

On this episode of On DoD, we get an update from ASMC on the broader PPBE reform conversation — including some new insights from the practitioners ASMC surveyed.

Our guests are:

  • Rich Brady, the CEO of the American Society of Military Comptrollers
  • Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt (Ret.), former deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for contracting and member of the ASMC PPBE Reform Task Force
  • Michael Conlin, former DoD chief data officer and chairman of the ASMC PPBE Reform Task Force


Full results of ASMC’s PPBE surveys are available in the most recent issue of the organization’s quarterly journal, available at this link.