Department of Defense

Reduction in Number and Content of DoD Directives & Instructions

The large number of DoD Directives & Instructions existing within the Department of Defense today establishes rules that regulate/control business operations and procedures. As the “total number” and total “word content” of Directives and Instructions increase, there is a corresponding growth in the administrative burden imposed upon the Government workforce. Unless measures are taken to curb the growth and reduce the number and overall content of Directives and Instructions, it is highly probable that regulatory control will continue to increase. The costs associated with implementation of new Directives and Instructions can oftentimes be quite high and have a serious economic impact upon Department of Defense business operations. I recommend that an initiative be established for reduction of the “total number” of DoD Directives and Instructions (as well as the supporting Army, Air Force, and Navy regulations and instructions) by 10% per year over the next 4 years (i.e., 2012-2015). This will result in a 40% overall reduction in the total overall number of regulatory instruments within the DoD and supporting military services by 2015. At the same time, I recommend that 40% of the Directives and Instructions be revised to reduce the total overall “word content” by 40% at a rate of 10% per year for 4 years (i.e., 2012-2015). This will result in a 40% overall reduction in the total “word content” for 40% of the total number of regulatory instruments within the DoD and supporting services by 2015. Not only will these efforts cut costs, they will also improve government efficiency by prioritizing requirements and getting rid of any existing unessential administrative/procedural rules currently being implemented by the DoD and military services. This will allow the supporting Government workforce to focus its efforts on what truly is absolutely necessary for efficient and effective business operations within the Department of Defense and military services.

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