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Security Assistance: Guidance Needed for Completing Required Impact Assessments Prior to Presidential Drawdowns
GAO-17-26: Published: Oct 20, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2016.
In fiscal years 2011 through 2015, the President authorized 13 drawdowns to provide security assistance and build foreign partner capacity to France, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, and countries in West and Central Africa (see fig.). According to Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of State (State) data, the total value of articles and services authorized for these drawdowns was $321.5 millio...
Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle: DOD Is Assessing Data on Worldwide Launch Market to Inform New Acquisition Strategy
GAO-16-661R: Published: Jul 22, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2016.
Five countries outside of the United States have operational space launch capabilities: the European Union, Russia, India, Japan, and China. Most of these countries each primarily depend on a single launch provider for launches of a specific capability within their country to meet their civil government and military launch requirements. The United States is unique in that it relies on more than tw...
Border Security: Observations on Costs, Benefits, and Challenges of a Department of Defense Role in Helping to Secure the Southwest Land Border
GAO-12-657T: Published: Apr 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2012.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 mandated that GAO examine the costs and benefits of an increased Department of Defense (DOD) role to help secure the southwest land border. This mandate directed that GAO report on, among other things, the potential deployment of additional units, increased use of ground-based mobile surveillance systems, use of mobile patrols by military...
Contingency Contracting: Improvements Needed in Management of Contractors Supporting Contract and Grant Administration in Iraq and Afghanistan
GAO-10-357: Published: Apr 12, 2010. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2010.
The Departments of Defense (DOD) and State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have relied extensively on contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, including using contractors to help administer other contracts or grants. Relying on contractors to perform such functions can provide benefits but also introduces potential risks, such as conflicts of interest, that should be consider...
Defense Trade: Clarification and More Comprehensive Oversight of Export Exemptions Certified by DOD Are Needed
GAO-07-1103: Published: Sep 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2007.
Defense (DOD) activities, U.S. defense companies may export defense items. The Department of State (State) controls such exports through its International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which provides for some exemptions from export licensing requirements. For a limited number of these exemptions, DOD may confirm--or certify--that the export activity qualifies for the use of an ITAR exemption...
Rebuilding Iraq: Status of Competition for Iraq Reconstruction Contracts
GAO-07-40: Published: Oct 6, 2006. Publicly Released: Oct 6, 2006.
Since 2003, Congress has appropriated more than $20 billion through the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund (IRRF) to support Iraq rebuilding efforts. The majority of these efforts are being carried out through contracts awarded by the Departments of Defense (DOD) and State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). When awarding IRRF-funded contracts for $5 million or more noncomp...
International Affairs: Information on U.S. Agencies' Efforts to Address Islamic Extremism
GAO-05-852: Published: Sep 16, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2005.
U.S. government and other experts have reported that Islamic extremism is on the rise and that the spread of Islamic extremism is the pre-eminent threat facing the United States. In addition, various sources alleged that Saudi Arabia is one source that has supported and funded the spread of Islamic extremism globally. GAO was asked to determine (1) what efforts U.S. government agencies are impleme...
Defense Trade: U.S. Contractors Employ Diverse Activities To Meet Offset Obligations
NSIAD-99-35: Published: Dec 18, 1998. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the types of activities undertaken by U.S. contractors to meet offset obligations associated with the sale of defense equipment to various foreign governments.GAO noted that: (1) companies undertake a broad array of activities to satisfy offset requirements; (2) under offset programs, U.S. contractors commonly award subcontracts for components and...
Deferred Maintenance Reporting: Challenges to Implementation
AIMD-98-42: Published: Jan 30, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the plans and progress of 11 agencies toward implementing the new deferred maintenance requirements of the Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards (SFFAS) No. 6; and (2) the official position of agency Chief Financial Officers (CFO) and Inspector Generals (IG) with respect to its implementation.GAO noted that: (1) agency officials...
1996 DOD Budget: Potential Reductions to Operation and Maintenance Programs
NSIAD-95-200BR: Published: Sep 26, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) and the military services' fiscal year (FY) 1996 operation and maintenance (O&M) budget requests, focusing on potential reductions in the amounts requested for the O&M accounts.GAO found that the services' and DOD's FY 1996 O&M budget requests could be reduced by a total of about $4.9 billion including reductions in funding levels for activities such...