Transitions in Defense Management Reform: A Review of the Government Accountability Office’s Chief Management Officer Recommendation and Comments for the New Administration

Public Administration Review, Vol. 68, No. 6, pp. 1043-1049, 2008

Posted: 1 Mar 2010

See all articles by Philip J. Candreva

Philip J. Candreva

U.S. Naval Postgraduate School

Douglas A. Brook

U.S. Naval Postgraduate School

Date Written: December 1, 2008

Abstract

The Government Accountability Office believes the answer to the U.S. Defense Department’s persistent management problems is to be found in the creation of a new position, chief management officer, to oversee defense business transformation. The recommendation for this position is reviewed and used to raise questions and spur inquiry in the areas of evidence-based reform, the relationship between policy and administration, auditor overreach, and sustaining reforms through transition. The latter portion is expanded in this time of transition, and recommendations are made to the new administration to develop a management agenda, to the defense career executives to facilitate the transition, and to the next comptroller general to consider how the Government Accountability Office’s varied roles produce outputs that align with the desired outcomes in both the policy and administration domains.

Keywords: GAO, audit overreach, chief management officer, reform, presidential transition, defense department

JEL Classification: D73, H56, M49, P17

Suggested Citation

Candreva, Philip J. and Brook, Douglas A., Transitions in Defense Management Reform: A Review of the Government Accountability Office’s Chief Management Officer Recommendation and Comments for the New Administration (December 1, 2008). Public Administration Review, Vol. 68, No. 6, pp. 1043-1049, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1561423

Philip J. Candreva (Contact Author)

U.S. Naval Postgraduate School ( email )

1 University Circle
Monterey, CA 93943-5001
United States
831-656-2884 (Phone)

Douglas A. Brook

U.S. Naval Postgraduate School ( email )

1 University Circle
Monterey, CA 93943-5001
United States

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