In November 2012, DOD finalized the Section 1206 Assessment Handbook intended “to assist Section 1206 stakeholders in planning and executing their responsibilities in the Section 1206 Assessment Process.” Specifically, it focuses on the preparation and conduct of baseline and program assessments and outlines steps to do so. Subsequently, in December 2012, DOD published a “for official use only” report to Congress on Section 1206 assessments detailing the results of five 2012 pilot assessments conducted in the Philippines, the Republic of Georgia, Djibouti, Tunisia, and Poland. According to agency officials, DOD plans to apply the assessment methodology in eleven additional recipient countries in 2013. Section 1206 program officials stated that this effort was taken, in part, based on GAO’s recommendations in GAO-10-431, and that while 2013 is considered a transition year for the assessment process, they eventually plan to assess and maintain evaluations for every recipient country.
Following the publication of our report, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has taken three actions to help ensure that Section 1206 project sustainment decisions are based on the results of monitoring and evaluation. First, in fiscal year 2012, the office has implemented a program assessment process, that evaluates, among other things, how partner nations are sustaining/plan to sustain training and equipment. Second, May 2013 updates to program guidance note GAO’s report in emphasizing the importance of both providing baseline assessments of proposed recipients and planning for the sustainment of Section 1206 projects. Third, Section 1206 project proposal templates were updated in fiscal year 2014 so that fiscal year 2015 proposals would require information regarding any related previous Section 1206 projects and how new projects would complement those efforts. Instituting a formal assessment process and updating guidance and project proposal templates with respect to assessments and sustainment planning serve to ensure that new project proposals carefully consider these two elements.
Following the 2010 publication of our report, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has taken two actions to address this recommendation. First, in fiscal year 2014, DOD updated the Section 1206 project proposal submission form for fiscal year 2015 to require inclusion of an estimate the cost of project sustainment. Second, the same proposal submission form requires an assessment of partner nation ability to sustain training and equipment as well as potential use of national funds to sustain the project. Further emphasizing these proposal requirements, in May 2013, DOD updated Section 1206 guidance with a reference to our report noting the importance of estimating project sustainment costs at the time of proposal.
DOD concurred with the recommendation. Following the publication of our report, and according to DOD officials, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has sought guidance from congress on multiple occasions regarding sustainment resources for Section 1206 programs that would meet the criteria set in our recommendation. According to DOD officials, these efforts have led to changes in the authorizing language for the Section 1206 program to help recipient countries sustain Section 1206 capabilities. For example, authorizing language in the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorizing Act (P.L. 112-239) allows for use of Section 1206 funding on “small-scale military construction activities.” The Congressional Research Service has described this action in a 2014 report as one that could help recipient nations sustain and maintain Section 1206 capabilities.
Following the issuance of our report, and in response to a Matter for Congressional Consideration contained in the report, Congress did not reauthorize the Section 1207 program. As such, this recommendation is no longer relevant.
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