The Board is tasked by the Department's Senior Leaders to examine topics of interest to the Department of Defense. When appropriate, the Board establishes a Task Group to study the topic of interest. The Task Group assumes the responsibility for conducting the study, developing recommendations, and providing an opportunity for deliberation by the entire Board and public prior to the finalization and delivery of the recommendations to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense.
Enterprise-wide business reforms are one of the Secretary of Defense’s priorities for modernizing the Department. Specifically, the National Defense Strategy’s (NDS) third line of effort, Reform the Department for Greater Performance and Affordability, is fundamentally changing the way DoD does business. The Department is committed to reforming and transforming itself for greater performance and affordability and has identified critical areas to target.
The Department’s first-ever self-audit, completed in November 2018, provided a wealth of insights and data that can contribute to DoD’s NDS efforts. The audit results are an historic accomplishment and demonstrate DoD’s commitment to accountability and reform. The audit has also generated significant financial and operations data whereby leadership can harness opportunities for reform and ensure more efficient stewardship of taxpayer resources. In his January 2, 2020 memo, Message to the Force - Reform through Focused Prioritization, the Secretary noted, “Given our limited resources, we must find the right balance between spending on the needs of today and investing for tomorrow. The trade-off between current readiness and future modernization is one of our most difficult decisions. Getting this right requires a deliberate budgeting process and continual assessment.” The 2018 audit data provides a very unique opportunity in “getting this right” more efficiently and effectively.
Therefore, on August 3, 2020, the Deputy Secretary of Defense directed the Defense Business Board to establish a task group to examine the 2018 audit data in light of how private industry leverages similar audit and performance related data to inform strategic decision making and assist Department executives in maximizing the efficacy and effectiveness of their business operations.
Task Group Membership: Dr. Christopher Gopal (Task Group Chair), Steve Blank, and John O'Connor
- Terms of Reference
- Task Group Update at DBB Quarterly Meeting - August 5, 2020
The Department currently operates 28 separate support entities, categorized as either Defense Agencies or Field Activities (DAFA). Collectively the DAFA constitute a major part of the Fourth Estate, budgeted predominantly through Defense Wide accounts. In order to confirm currency and relevance, avoid mission overlap, examine duplication of effort, and note redundancy of services a review of chartering documents is overdue. There exists potential for realizing significant savings, not only through adopting global shared services across these entities, but also savings to be gained from possibly combining entities, refining mission focus, and perhaps even outright eliminating any that are no longer critical to supporting the current great power competition.
Therefore, as an initial step, on August 3, 2020, the Deputy Secretary of Defense directed the Defense Business Board to establish a task group to examine the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) chartering documents (DoDD 5105.22 and DoDD 5105.19 respectively) to assist DoD in maximizing effective governance by providing a private industry perspective of the organizational responsibilities and authorities.
Task Group Membership: Dave Venlet, VADM USN (Ret) (Task Group Chair), Paul Madera, and Dr. Kiron Skinner
Section 872(d) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 (Public Law 116-92), signed by the President on December 20, 2019, requires the Secretary of Defense to direct the Defense Business Board to submit, no later than March 31, 2022, to the Congressional Defense Committees a report evaluating the effectiveness of the MPP established under section 831 of the NDAA for Fiscal Year 1991 (Public Law 101–510; 10 U.S.C. 2302 note).
On April 7, 2020, the DoD Chief Management Officer directed the Defense Business Board to conduct the study and present its findings, including recommendations for improving the program in terms of performance metrics, forms of assistance, and overall program effectiveness, to the Secretary of Defense.
Task Group Membership: Scott Dorn (Task Group Chair), Dave Venlet, VADM USN (Ret), and Chris Burnham, LtCol USMC (Ret)