DoD Updates Policy on GAO Investigations

12.04.06 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

A newly updated Department of Defense Instruction sets forth Pentagon policy on interactions with the Government Accountability Office, the congressional investigative agency.

“It is DoD policy that the Department of Defense cooperate fully with the GAO and respond constructively to, and take appropriate corrective actions on the basis of, GAO reports,” the new Instruction (pdf) says.

But DoD will also “be alert to identify errors of fact or erroneous interpretation in GAO reports, and to articulate the DoD position in such matters, as appropriate.”

See “Government Accountability Office (GAO) Reviews and Reports,” DoD Instruction 7650.02, November 20, 2006.