Government issues a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports

This lyrical bit of deathless prose is called Actions Needed to Evaluate the Impact of Efforts to Estimate Costs of Reports and Studies:  GAO-12-480R

DOD has not evaluated and currently does not plan to evaluate the usefulness of its efforts to estimate the costs of selected reports and studies as one of the means for achieving the Secretary of Defense’s intended purpose of increasing the transparency of costs, reducing or eliminating reporting requirements, and instilling a culture of cost consciousness across DOD. According to GAO’s Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government, activities such as assessments need to be established to monitor performance, and managers need to compare actual performance against targets and then analyze any significant differences so that appropriate action can be taken to ensure that organizational goals are met…

Read it and weep…

Author: Father Silouan Thompson

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  1. It’s 826 am. After reading this I’m strongly resisting the urge to reach for a bottle of something strong….very, very strong :(

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