News | July 20, 2021

Compendium of Open Office of Inspector General Recommendations to the Department of Defense

The 2021 Compendium lists the number, type, age, and status of 1,456 open recommendations, as of March 31, 2021.

In this Compendium, we highlight the 20 high-priority open recommendations made in 14 DoD OIG reports issued between July 2014 and August 2020 that we believe, if implemented, have the potential to result in significant improvements to DoD operations. We provide, in each summary of the open recommendations, an overview of the DoD OIG project that produced the recommendations and why the recommendations are important. The summaries also include the implementation status of the recommendations and a description of information or actions required to close each recommendation. Recommendations that are not included in our list of high‑priority recommendations are still important and warrant the full attention of the DoD.

This Compendium also summarizes 45 recommendations made in 25 OIG reports issued between July 2013 and February 2021 that identified $6 billion in potential monetary benefits that the DoD could potentially achieve if management implemented the recommendations.

We also identify the 191 recommendations that have been open for at least 5 years. These recommendations were issued to 26 DoD Components in 69 reports.