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DoD Releases 2013 Annual Report on Suicide

January 21, 2015 Comments off

DoD Releases 2013 Annual Report on Suicide
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) released its 2013 calendar year Suicide Event Report (DoDSER), which details the number of suicide attempts and deaths for U.S. service members.

The DoDSER also includes detailed assessments of demographic information, behavioral health history, and deployment history for each suicide event. This comprehensive information informs DoD senior leaders as they make policy decisions to improve suicide prevention efforts.

In calendar year 2013, active component suicide totals and rates declined over 2012, while reserve components had a slight increase. There were 229 deaths by suicide among active component service members and 220 deaths by suicide among selected reserve component service members (87in the reserve and 133 in the National Guard).

The suicide rate per 100,000 in 2013 was 18.7 for active component service members, 23.4 for reserve component and 28.9 for National Guard.

The Top 10 Most Viewed DoD Inspector General Reports of 2014

January 6, 2015 Comments off

The Top 10 Most Viewed DoD Inspector General Reports of 2014
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General

The Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General issued 153 reports in calendar year 2014. The reports include audits, assessments and evaluations covering a wide array of topics, but serving a common purpose of supporting the warfighter and promoting accountability, integrity and efficiency in the Department.

Here is a review of the top 10 reports from the past year, based on web views:

  1. Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Potentially Overpaid Bell Helicopter for Sole-Source Commercial Spare Parts
    July 7, 2014 – We determined whether the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) was purchasing sole-source commercial parts at fair and reasonable prices from Bell Helicopter Textron (Bell).
  2. An Assessment of Contractor Personnel Security Clearance Processes in the Four Defense Intelligence Agencies
    April 4, 2014 – Our objective was to assess: a) how, or if, substantiated investigations of misconduct were reported to Agency Clearance Adjudication Facilities (CAF) and to the DoD Consolidated Adjudication Facility (DODCAF); b) if the referred investigations had been adjudicated; and c) the results of those security adjudications.
  3. Inspection of the Armed Forces Retirement Home
    July 23, 2014 – Section 1518 of the “Armed Forces Retirement Home Act of 1991,” November 15, 1990, as amended by Public Law 112-81, “National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2012,” December 31, 2011 (24 U.S.C. § 418) requires that the Inspector General of the Department of Defense perform a comprehensive inspection of all aspects of the AFRH every three years.
  4. Review of Audits Issued by the Defense Contract Audit Agency in FY 2012 and FY 2013
    September 8, 2014 – As part of our continuous oversight responsibility of DCAA, we reviewed a cross section of 16 DCAA audits completed between October 2011 and February 2013, including 5 audits of forward-pricing proposals and 11 audits of incurred cost proposals and other audit types.
  5. Hotline Allegations Regarding Defense Contract Management Agency Contracting Officer Actions on Several Business System Audit Reports
    June 20, 2014 – We conducted this review to determine the validity of a DoD Hotline complaint alleging that a Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) contracting officer did not take timely or appropriate action on several Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) audit reports covering the business systems of a large DoD contractor.
  6. Policy Changes Needed at Defense Contract Management Agency to Ensure Forward Pricing Rates Result in Fair and Reasonable Contract Pricing
    October 10, 2014 –We reviewed Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) forward pricing rate policy and practice for indirect rates for compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and DoD policy. DCMA forward pricing rate policy covers the 353 contractor locations where DoD contracting officers use DCMA forward pricing rates to negotiate at least $70 billion in Government sales.
  7. Navy Needs to Improve Contract Oversight of Its Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness Program Contracts
    January 13, 2014 – The objective of the audit was to determine whether the Navy is performing effective oversight of the contracts for its Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness Program.
  8. Navy and Marine Corps Have Weak Procurement Processes for Cost-Reimbursement Contract Issuance and Management
    July 11, 2014 – Our objective was to determine whether the Navy and Marine Corps complied with interim Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) revisions on the use of cost-reimbursement contracts.
  9. Opportunities for Cost Savings and Efficiencies in the DoD Permanent Change of Station Program
    May 21, 2014 – The objective of the audit was to determine whether DoD could implement potential cost savings and efficiencies throughout the DoD Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Program.
  10. The Army Needs To Improve Property Accountability and Contractor Oversight at the Redistribution Property Assistance Team Yards in Afghanistan
    March 4, 2014 – We determined whether Redistribution Property Assistance Teams (RPATs) in Bagram and Kandahar, Afghanistan, have effective procedures in place to process equipment, to include preparation for shipment.

Findings from Existing Data on the Department of Defense Industrial Base

January 2, 2015 Comments off

Findings from Existing Data on the Department of Defense Industrial Base
Source: RAND Corporation

To demonstrate the potential of existing data to provide information on the defense supplier base, the researchers conducted some illustrative analyses using, among other sources, the System for Award Management, the Federal Procurement Data System — Next Generation, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act Subaward Reporting System (FSRS), and the U.S. Geological Survey. Of these, the FSRS is the most recent and its coverage of subaward dollars is expanding as older contracts expire and are replaced with ones with FSRS reporting requirements. Using these data can identify small-business participation in the supply base as well as the vulnerability of contractors and subcontractors to changes in their federal government prime contract and subcontract revenue or environmental risks. Such information can help policymakers better understand potential risks in the supply chain and better shape industrial-base policies. Adding data on natural-disaster risks can also help identify external sources of supply disruption and point to potential buffering strategies.

DoD Releases 2015 Military Pay and Compensation Rates

December 23, 2014 Comments off

DoD Releases 2015 Military Pay and Compensation Rates
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Today, the Department of Defense announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members.

The new rates for basic pay, basic allowance for housing (BAH), basic allowance for subsistence (BAS), and the cost of living allowance (COLA) rates for the contiguous United States will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

Basic pay for service members will increase one percent, except for general and flag officers who will not see an increase in 2015. For example, an E-4 with three years of service will see an increase in basic pay of $22.20 per month, while an O-3 with six years of service will increase basic pay increase $54.30 per month in 2015.

+ 2015 Military Pay Charts (Military.com; free registration required.)

2013 Demographics: Profile of the Military Community

December 8, 2014 Comments off

2013 Demographics: Profile of the Military Community (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Overview of Military Personnel

The total number of military personnel is over 3.6 million strong, including DoD Active Duty military personnel (1,370,329); DHS’s Active Duty Coast Guard members (40,420); DoD Ready Reserve and DHS Coast Guard Reserve members (1,102,419); members of the Retired Reserve (214,938) and Standby Reserve (14,408); and DoD appropriated and non-appropriated fund civilian personnel (874,054). DoD’s Active Duty and DHS’s Coast Guard Active Duty members comprise the largest portion of the military force (39.0%), followed by Ready Reserve members (30.5%) and DoD civilian personnel (24.2%).

Department of Defense Report to the President of the United States on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (released to the public November 14, 2014)

December 4, 2014 Comments off

Department of Defense Report to the President of the United States on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

In December 2013, President Barack Obama directed the Department of Defense to prepare a comprehensive report detailing major improvements in the prevention of and response to sexual assault in the military, including reforms to the military justice system. In response, the Department prepared a report detailing its proactive and comprehensive approach, issued in November 2014. Find the Report, its appendices, enclosures and annexes below as individual documents for convenient access.

DoD OIG — Guide to Investigating Military Whistleblower Reprisal and Restriction Complaints

December 2, 2014 Comments off

Guide to Investigating Military Whistleblower Reprisal and Restriction Complaints
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General

DoD IG is pleased to announce the release of a new investigating officer guide for investigating complaints of military whistleblower reprisal and restriction. This is strictly a guide, does not prescribe procedures, and does not supersede any law, directive, instruction or regulation.

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