Military Personnel: Guidance Needed for Any Future Conversions of Military Medical Positions to Civilian Positions

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Since September 11, 2001, the high pace of military operations has placed significant stress on U.S. operating forces. In late 2003, the Department of Defense (DOD) reported that several studies had found that tens of thousands of military personnel were performing tasks that were not military essential and that these tasks could be performed more cost effectively by civilian or private-sector contract employees. To address this matter, DOD, in fiscal year 2004, began a multiyear initiative to convert military positions, including military health care positions, to federal civilian ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. February 8, 2008.

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Since September 11, 2001, the high pace of military operations has placed significant stress on U.S. operating forces. In late 2003, the Department of Defense (DOD) reported that several studies had found that tens of thousands of military personnel were performing tasks that were not military essential and that these tasks could be performed more cost effectively by civilian or private-sector contract employees. To address this matter, DOD, in fiscal year 2004, began a multiyear initiative to convert military positions, including military health care positions, to federal civilian or contract positions. Within DOD, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness (USD, P&R), has overall responsibility for issuing guidance on manpower management, which includes guidance related to determining the least costly mix of military, civilian, and contract personnel. Additionally, the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) (USD (C)) and the Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E) play key roles in determining the costs of military, civilian, and contract personnel. For example, the USD(C) is responsible for developing the composite pay rates used in developing military and civilian personnel budgets and PA&E provides leadership in developing and promoting tools, data, and methods for analyzing allocation of resources. USD, P&R also has responsibility for the Defense Health Program, which provides health care to over 9 million beneficiaries--including military servicemembers and retirees and their families and survivors. This program had estimated costs of $21 billion for fiscal year 2007 and DOD officials anticipate further significant growth in these health care costs. In fact, the costs associated with the program have doubled since fiscal year 2000 due to factors such as increased enrollment, medical inflation, and implementation of the TRICARE for Life program."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Military Personnel: Guidance Needed for Any Future Conversions of Military Medical Positions to Civilian Positions, text, February 8, 2008; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc297532/: accessed October 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.