Mixed Metrics Fog DOD's Workforce Fixes

February 10, 2012

Despite having a lot of workforce data, the Defense Department is unable to determine whether it has made any progress toward getting the right balance of civilian, military and contractor employees, according to a new report.

Ideally, the department should be able to line up the data underlying its strategic workforce plans with the data collected on insourcing initiatives. The problem is that they collected the data in different ways, making it difficult to correlate, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Feb. 9.

So although officials in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness said the department's fiscal 2010 insourcing efforts advanced the goals of its workforce planning, they cannot prove it.

"It was unclear to what extent the insourcing actions aligned with DOD's plan due to differences in the types of data," GAO wrote. 

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