The Defense Department has been trying to improve efficiencies and cut costs by using both competitions with the private sector and High Performance Organizations (HPOs), a solution based in-house rather than on a public-private competition.
John Pendleton is Director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at GAO.
John Pendleton, the director of Defense Capabilities & Management at Government Accountability Office, shares what you need to do to make sure your agency works well with other agencies.
The Pentagon says it’s time to trim down the size and the cost of its headquarters staff around the world. The Government Accountability Office says the size of the overall workforce at the Pentagon’s combatant commands doubled over the past decade. Overall spending to support the command headquarters grew by almost $1 billion, too. John Pendleton is director of defense capabilities and management of the GAO. He explained DoD’s reduction plan and recommended ways to shrink the workforce on In Depth with Francis Rose.
Defense Department officials have identified tens of billions in potential savings, but a lack of data is hampering their ability do anything about it.
The Defense Department has a byzantine process that’s meant to ensure it only acquires what it really needs. But there’s no comparable set of guardrails to make sure it doesn’t get rid of things it does need. That’s one conclusion of auditors at the Government Accountability Office. They fault the Air Force for not doing enough homework before it proposed to get rid of the A-10 fighter. John Pendleton, director of Defense capability and management issues at GAO, told Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu the Air Force didn’t adequately account for all the missions the A-10 performs, before it decided to ground it.
The Pentagon’s acting inspector general tells Congress budget shortfalls are to blame for delays in investigating whistleblower reprisal claims. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports on Pentagon Solutions that the investigations took an average of about 300 days last year — much longer than the guidelines in federal law.
The Government Accountability Office is not convinced that getting rid of a 40-year-old fighter jet is as good an idea as the Air Force seems to think.
The Defense Department has been trying to get a clear sense from the White House about what it wants and does not want in the overseas contingency operations budget. But the last administration’s budget office left those decisions for the new administration. So now what? For more, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to John Pendleton, director of defense capabilities at the Government Accountability Office.
The Defense Department has been trying to get a clear sense from the White House about what it wants and does not want in the overseas contingency operations (OCO) budget. But the last administration’s budget office left those decisions for the new administration. So now what?