ERIC Number: ED418317
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Civil Military Programs. Stronger Oversight of the Innovative Readiness Training Program Needed for Better Compliance. Report to Congressional Committees.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. National Security and International Affairs Div.
A study reviewed the U.S. Department of Defense's (DOD) training projects that support nondefense activity under its Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) Program. The report examines the following: extent, nature, and cost of civil military projects; consistency of DOD's guidance on the IRT Program with statutory requirements; conformity of selected projects to statutory requirements; and effectiveness of the Office of the Secretary of Defense's and service secretaries' oversight. Six IRT projects of varying sizes and activities were reviewed to determine their conformance with statutory requirements: three road-building, one medical, one to place excess combat vehicles off the shore of New Jersey to build artificial reefs, and one to reconstruct a basketball court. Findings indicated DOD did not know the full extent, nature, and cost of the IRT program because some project information was not consistently compiled and reported. The DOD directive for civil military projects was consistent with the statutory requirements for such projects. Projects generally met the statutory requirements. However, although the statute required that individuals providing assistance perform tasks directly related to their military specialties, in two cases some individuals' tasks were not related. The Secretary of Defense's office provided limited and inconsistent oversight of IRT projects and the delivery and services under them. (Appendixes include statutory requirements for IRT program and results of case studies.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Civil Engineering, Community Programs, Compliance (Legal), Government Role, Military Personnel, Military Training, Program Costs
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015; http://www.gao.gov (first copy free; additional copies $2.00 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. National Security and International Affairs Div.