DoD Has Taken Actions to Improve Some Segments of the Materiel Distribution System

August 3, 2012

What GAO Found

DoD incorporated results-oriented management practices into the planning and development of the four ongoing DSO improvement efforts. Additionally, it appears that DoD is incorporating those practices into its planning for the fifth effort—strategic network optimization—which is still under development. On the basis of our assessment of DoD’s key planning documents and other information for the process improvement, surface optimization, air optimization, and supply alignment efforts, we found that DoD addressed the six characteristics found in the framework. For example, DoD identified the main purpose of the improvement efforts, their scope, and the resources needed to execute individual efforts. Preliminary observations of DoD's planning for strategic network optimization indicate that agency officials are also incorporating results-oriented management practices for this effort.

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