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DOD - 5176 - Task Force on Defense Reform - Authorized by Law


Committee NameTask Force on Defense ReformAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year1998Committee Number5176
Original Establishment Date6/11/1997Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date11/25/1997Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date5/6/1997Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Ofc of the Dep Chief Financial Ofcr
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date11/25/1997Designated Federal Officer First Name*Blair
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameG.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Ewing
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*SECDEF MemoDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 697-8580
Effective Date Of Authority*6/11/1997Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email* 
Committee Type*Ad hoc
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Task Force on Defense Reform was a short-term (approximately six months) Federal advisory committee, established by the Secretary of Defense, to find ways to improve the organization and procedures in DoD. The primary emphasis was on the operation and functions of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (including Defense Support Activities and DoD Field Activities), Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Military Department's management headquarters, the Defense Agencies, and several functional areas including intelligence, Defense health program, and the audit and investigative function. The results of the task force's efforts were included in the Secretary's rollout on November 10, 1997, of the Defense Reform Initiatives. The Task Force on Defense Reform contributed to each of the four pillars of the Defense Reform Initiative, specifically, reengineering by adopting best business practices, consolidating organizations, competing functions, and eliminating excess infrastructure.
How is membership balanced?*The membership of the Task Force on Defense Reform was balanced in terms of members' expertise, experience, points of view, and academic backgrounds. The membership included senior officials from corporations; a Federally funded research and development center, a trade association, and independent consultants. All of the members had federal government experience. Several of the members have worked on either the U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representative Armed Services Committee or served in senior leadership positions within the Department of Defense.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Task Force on Defense Reform generally met two afternoons (Tuesday and Thursday) per week, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., to receive briefings from senior officials of the Department; to hold discussions with previous Defense officials; to meet with business executives from private sector corporations; and to discuss information and data collected by task force members and staff. The task force also used this time to critique presentations developed for senior leadership. The majority of the work of the task force was completed prior to the rollout of the Defense Reform Initiative on November 10, 1997. The task force was disestablished on November 25, 1997.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The members of the Task Force on Defense Reform were persons from outside the Department who brought unique perspectives derived from their broad and varied experiences in the executive and legislative branches and private business. Their views constituted unbiased and independent suggestions that generally cannot be obtained from other sources. Some members of the task force were experts on the Department of Defense, having worked on previous organizational studies of the Department or were authors of legislation that has shaped the Department. It is difficult to find individuals within the Department with the organizational knowledge and depth that these members possessed.
Why close or partially close meetings?Most of the meetings held during FY 1998 were closed to the public because of security classification. The determinations were based on the expectation that discussions would involve classified matters of national security throughtout the meetings. Classified materials were inextricably intertwined with the unclassified portions so that the discussions could not reasonably be segregated into separate discussions of classified and unclassified material, without seriously jeopardizing the effectiveness and utility of the meetings.
Recommendation RemarksThe results of the efforts by the Task Force on Defense Reform were included in the Secretary's Defense Reform Initiative Report, dated November 1997. No separate report was issued.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety* Action Reorganize Priorities* 
Outcome Trust In Government Action Reallocate Resources 
Outcome Major Policy Changes Action Issued New Regulations 
Outcome Advance In Scientific Research Action Proposed Legislation 
Outcome Effective Grant Making Action Approved Grants Or Other Payments 
Outcome Improved Service Delivery Action Other 
Outcome Increased Customer Satisfaction Action Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg Requirements Grants Review* 
Outcome Other Number Of Grants Reviewed 
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings* Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings CommentGrants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations* Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer* 
Number Of Recommendations CommentAccess Agency Website 
% of Recs Fully Implemented* Access Committee Website 
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAccess GSA FACA Website 
% of Recs Partially Implemented* Access Publications 
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAccess Other 
Agency Feedback* Access Comment
Agency Feedback Comment*Narrative Description*
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$25,375.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$91,057.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$116,432.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.90Est Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-021111Task Force on Defense Reform1997