ABSTRACT

COVID-19: DOD Has Focused on Strategy and Oversight to Protect Military Servicemember Health, Report to Congressional Addressees   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the Highlights: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic poses risks to the health of U.S. servicemembers. Protecting forces from COVID-19 is therefore essential to DOD's ability to defend the United States, maintain warfighting readiness, and support the whole-of-government response to the pandemic. To help facilitate the COVID-19 pandemic response, Congress appropriated about $10.5 billion to DOD through the CARES [Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security] Act. The CARES Act includes a provision for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to report on its ongoing monitoring and oversight related to the pandemic. GAO was also asked to examine the military health system response to COVID-19. This report examines, in regard to COVID-19, DOD's (1) strategy for protecting military servicemember health, (2) oversight of its strategy, and (3) research and development projects for vaccines, therapeutics, and testing. GAO reviewed guidance and plans for health protection and pandemic response that comprise DOD's strategy, and evaluated alignment of the strategy with key considerations from prior GAO work on pandemic preparedness. To identify oversight efforts, GAO reviewed DOD briefings on the progress of health protection measures, and analyzed 2020 DOD data on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and testing. GAO also interviewed DOD leaders, officials from the military department medical organizations, combatant commands, and four military medical treatment facilities selected on the basis of military department and location."

Report Number:
GAO-21-321
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Date:
2021-06-03
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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