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Defense Infrastructure: Risk Assessment Needed to Identify If Foreign Encroachment Threatens Test and Training Ranges
GAO-15-149: Published: Dec 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has not conducted a risk assessment that includes prioritizing test and training ranges based on mission criticality, determining their vulnerabilities to foreign encroachment (i.e., foreign entities acquiring assets, such as mines or energy projects, or otherwise conducting business transactions near test and training ranges), and assessing the degree to which fore...
DOD Contract Services: Improved Planning and Implementation of Fiscal Controls Needed
GAO-15-115: Published: Dec 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) exceeded its identified limit on contract services by $1.72 billion in 2012 and spent $500 million less than the limit in 2013. GAO found that all military departments exceeded their Comptroller-provided spending targets in fiscal year 2012 due to late guidance. In fiscal year 2013, some components improved planning and implemented stronger fiscal controls over cont...
Federal Data Transparency: Effective Implementation of the DATA Act Would Help Address Government-wide Management Challenges and Improve Oversight
GAO-15-241T: Published: Dec 3, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2014.
GAO's prior work on federal data transparency has found persistent challenges related to the quality and completeness of the spending data agencies report to USAspending.gov. For example, GAO reported in June 2014 that roughly $619 billion in assistance awards were not properly reported. In addition, few reported awards—between 2 and 7 percent—contained information that was fully consistent wi...
Defense Contractors: Additional Actions Needed to Facilitate the Use of DOD's Inventory of Contracted Services
GAO-15-88: Published: Nov 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) continues to face challenges in assuring that it conducts and reports on the results of its required inventory reviews. As of September 2014, 32 of the 33 components that were required to conduct an inventory review certified that they had done so and generally addressed more of the required reporting elements than in fiscal year 2011. However, GAO found limitations...
F-35 Sustainment: Need for Affordable Strategy, Greater Attention to Risks, and Improved Cost Estimates
GAO-14-778: Published: Sep 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) currently has or is developing several plans and analyses that will make up its overall F-35 sustainment strategy, which is expected to be complete in fiscal year 2019. The annual F-35 operating and support (O&S) costs are estimated to be considerably higher than the combined annual costs of several legacy aircraft (see fig.). DOD has begun some cost-savings efforts...
Depot Maintenance: Accurate and Complete Data Needed to Meet DOD's Core Capability Reporting Requirements
GAO-14-777: Published: Sep 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2014.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) 2014 Biennial Core Report to Congress complies with two of the three required reporting elements of Section 2464—core capability requirements and planned workload. It partially complies with the third element—a detailed explanation or rationale for shortfalls and accompanying mitigation plans. Specifically, the report includes mitigation plans for the Marine C...
Defense Planning: DOD Needs Specific Measures and Milestones to Gauge Progress of Preparations for Operational Access Challenges
GAO-14-801: Published: Sep 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2014.
The Army and Marine Corps are undertaking multiple efforts to address operational access challenges—challenges that impede a military force's ability to enter and conduct operations in an area—that impact a broad range of their existing missions. For example, they are incorporating operational access challenges into their wargames and revising their service concepts, which inform their assessm...
Military Personnel: DOD Needs to Take Further Actions to Prevent Sexual Assault during Initial Military Training
GAO-14-806: Published: Sep 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2014.
The Air Force implemented most recommendations from the 2012 Commander's report intended to better prevent, investigate, and respond to sexual assaults and related misconduct during the Air Force's basic training for new enlisted personnel, but it has not evaluated the effectiveness of its actions. GAO found that as of July 2014, of the 46 recommendations, the Air Force implemented 39, partially i...
Active and Reserve Unit Costs: DOD Report to Congress Generally Addressed the Statutory Requirements but Lacks Detail
GAO-14-711R: Published: Jul 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2014.
GAO found that the Department of Defense's (DOD) report to Congress on the unit cost and readiness for the active and reserve components of the armed forces addressed or partially addressed the five required statutory reporting elements, but could have included more detailed information to give policymakers better insight into affordability and other active and reserve force mix issues. Specifical...
Air Force Working Capital Fund: Actions Needed to Manage Cash Balances to Required Levels
GAO-14-480: Published: Jul 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2014.
GAO's analysis of Air Force Working Capital Fund (AFWCF) cash data showed that monthly cash balances fell within the minimum and maximum cash requirements about one-third of the time in fiscal years 2009 through 2013. GAO identified three reasons why monthly cash balances were above the maximum or below the minimum cash requirements. First, the cash balance began fiscal year 2009 above the maximum...