DoD Data Management Maximizes Resources
Armed for Audits
Government spending necessitates careful tracking, especially when it comes to audits. In a report regarding the DoD Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Statements, the Office of the Inspector General affirms, “Continued progress requires sustained effort and attention throughout the DoD, at all levels…DoD leadership should continue to stress the importance of the financial statement audits and adequate corrective action plans, as well as the need to develop efficient and effective business processes that can lead to accurate financial information and improve DoD operations.”1
So, how does one collect and maintain fiscal data for accurate DoD data management?
By installing robust software solutions, DoD can eliminate manual management of production, inventory, nutrition, and point-of-sale. Automation streamlines processes, improves overall efficiencies, and produces greater data visibility at all levels of the organization. More importantly, electronically tracking data enables operators to analyze financial performance, make wiser budgetary decisions, and prepare for audit requirements.
Automation in ActionConsider, for example, the retail process at a mess hall. Certain service members have meal allowances, which means the branch must budget for them. A point-of-sale system enables a facility to:
- Automate meal card and patron accountability processes
- Determine eligibility
- Improve headcount reporting
- Record branch of service
- Fulfill meal entitlement
Accessing historical DoD data management like meal headcount, ration entitlement, and eligibility can make foodservice programs’ audit processes smoother. What’s more, effectively tracking production reveals the progress of nutrition initiatives like Go for Green® (G4G) and USMC Fueled to Fight®. Healthier food choices correlate to enhanced performance, and numbers will show which dishes are popular among service members. Calculating item consumption also helps to forecast future production and therefore reduce waste.
1 Department of Defense Office of Inspector General. “Understanding the Results of the Audit of the DoD FY 2020 Financial Statements.” https://www.dodig.mil/reports.html/Article/2514962/understanding-the-results-of-the-audit-of-the-dod-fy-2020-financial-statements/. Accessed 3 November 2021.