Lisa Hershman, acting chief management officer of the Department of Defense, said in an interview the department is on the track to reachÂ $6B in savings for fiscal year 2019, ABC News reported Saturday. Hershman noted that the DoDâs streamlining efforts for its projects and business strategies has enabled the department to save $4.7B in 2017 and 2018.
The Pentagon expects to experience changes in key areas such as acquisitions, contracting, healthcare, information technology and the defense supply chain under Hershman’s tenure. According to the CMO, her office encourages the departmentâs agencies to make their own assessments and identify areas of improvement. One of the efforts that resulted in less tedious work for the DoD include the modernization of the Defense Travel Service used by the departmentâs civilians and military personnel.
The initiative reformingÂ DoD’s internal operations follows the departmentâs first-ever audit which reviewed over 144 projects and pointed to certain areas that need to be refined.