DoD needs to update its furlough savings estimates. (STAFF / AFP/Getty Images)
The Defense Department should update its estimates for how much money furloughs of employees save in case DoD has to do it again, according to a June 17 report by the Government Accountability Office.
DoD instructed its components in January, 2013 to prepare for a 22-day furlough, which was later reduced to 11 days and then to six, but the cost estimates used to calculate the number of furlough days required were not updated as DoD gained new information, according to GAO.
The initial estimated cost savings was calculated at $300 per person per furlough about $2.1 billion for 11 or $1.2 billion for six days, but was not updated to reflect actual payroll deductions during the fiscal year, according to the report.
If this initial estimate had been updated it may have provided more comprehensive information for DOD officials to consider regarding the length of the furlough and DOD's cost-savings estimate. As DOD continues to face budgetary uncertainty, and in the event of a future furlough, having comprehensive and updated cost information may help better inform decision makers, GAO said.
DoD ultimately furloughed 624,404 employees, according to GAO. About 143,000 were exempted from furloughs.