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


The 2020 Compendium lists the number, type, age, and status of 1,602 open recommendations, as of March 31, 2020.

In this Compendium, we highlight the 35 high-priority open recommendations made in 16 DoD OIG reports issued between August 2014 and September 2019 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 51 recommendations made in 32 OIG reports issued between July 2013 and March 2020 that identified $6.5 billion in potential monetary benefits that the DoD could achieve based on management implementation of these recommendations.

We also identify the 170 recommendations that have been open for at least 5 years. These recommendations were issued to 25 DoD Components.