The Department of Defense (DOD) is requesting astir $114 cardinal to finance its latest information of diverseness initiatives.
The DOD plans to usage nan costs for "diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility" (DEIA) programs successful fiscal twelvemonth 2024.
"The FY 2024 President’s Budget petition demonstrates nan DoD’s committedness to DEIA and includes $114.7 cardinal for dedicated diverseness and inclusion activities," nan section wrote successful its Strategic Management Plan for fiscal twelvemonth 2022 to 2026.
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It continues, "This backing crossed nan Military Departments, OSD Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and nan Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute is investing successful programs and initiatives aimed astatine furthering DEIA, and incorporating DEIA values, objectives, and considerations successful really we do business and execute our missions."
The backing petition is nan largest of its benignant yet for nan DOD, which earmarked $68 cardinal for DEIA initiatives successful fiscal twelvemonth 2022 and $86.5 cardinal successful fiscal twelvemonth 2023, according to reports from nan Daily Wire.
"Leaders astatine each levels are responsible for fostering a ambiance of inclusion that supports diversity, is free from problematic behaviors, and does not tolerate retaliation aliases reprisal against those filing complaints," nan DOD antecedently wrote successful its Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Request.
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The archive continues, "Ultimately, recruiting and retaining a unit pinch divers backgrounds, thought, experience, expertise, and acquisition enhances DoD’s world associated warfighter capabilities basal to each DoD activities."
The specifics of nan planned 2024 DEIA initiatives are not yet known.
The Pentagon is presently successful basking h2o pinch blimpish critics aft it grounded its yearly audit for nan sixth twelvemonth successful a row.
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A position of nan Department of Defense astatine nan Pentagon successful Arlington, Virginia. (Celal Gunes/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Audit investigations were carried retired astatine astir 700 sites by 1,600 auditors.
The section passed only 7 retired of 29 sub-audits successful 2023 — identical to past year's last results. Auditors recovered that half of nan department's claimed assets could not beryllium accounted for.
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