|By Tim Watson||
|July 30, 2013 02:41 PM EDT||
The Defense Department is required to have 26 elements in its quarterly readiness reports to Congress but did not detail five elements and partially addressed three, often times with incomplete information, according to a government audit.
Some services reported information and others did not report information at all for the partially-addressed items and the non-addressed items may have data somewhere within DoD but are not being reported to Congress, the Government Accountability Office's report says.
Partially-addressed elements include personnel stability, training operations tempo and deployed equipment, while non-addressed items include borrowed manpower and training funding.
GAO cites one example of data existing but not being reported, where the Army requires commanders to report monthly on the readiness impacts of borrowed military manpower and DoD's budget requests to include data on training funding.
The Pentagon has not taken steps to analyze if this information is usable for the related reporting element, GAO says.