DoD lacks reliable data for revised joint approval process – MeriTalk

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The Department of Defense (DoD) information system for tracking capability documents that identify new or improved capabilities in weapon systems does not have reliable data on the number of programs that have undergone a revised process.

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that although the DoD revised its process for reviewing and approving capacity documents in 2018, the DoD is having difficulty tracking capacity documents with reliable data. on the number of programs that have been revised or how long it takes to revise. the documents.

“GAO found that the Joint Chiefs of Staff lacked reliable data on the total number of programs that completed the revised process,” GAO wrote. “In addition, the GAO found that the data from the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the time of validating the selected capability documents was also unreliable.”

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According to the GAO, the capability documents go through the Joint Capability Integration and Development System (JCIDS) process in the Knowledge Management and Decision Support Information System (KM / DS) of the Joint Staff.

“GAO found discrepancies between the KM / DS data and the data of those who submit documents, known as sponsors,” GAO wrote. “Staff officials said the KM / DS system’s deficiencies are the root of its data problems.”

GAO made two recommendations to ensure that the DoD’s system collects data to help it assess its capacity document process. The DoD endorsed the two recommendations made by the GAO, which include:

  1. The DoD should develop a plan to review the operational deficiencies of the JCIDS information system; and
  2. The DoD should establish a baseline based on reliable data and issues that affect the validation time of capacity documents.

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