Project on Government Oversight: Audit Criticizes Army’s Suicide, Sexual Assault Research Oversight
POGO – May 26, 2023
By Nick Schwellenbach
“Not carrying out the recommendations in the suicide and sexual assault contexts has real consequences,” said Josh Connolly, senior vice president of Protect Our Defenders, a group that works to end sexual misconduct in the military. “I find that troubling.”
The audit was launched after staff in the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff expressed concerns that the research projects the Army funded “weren’t providing valuable information.”
In trying to figure out why so few studies made recommendations, auditors identified a litany of oversight shortcomings that have persisted despite earlier recommendations and findings from an Army report in 2010.
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