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Army Corps of Engineers: The Corps Needs to Take Steps to Identify All Projects and Studies Eligible for Deauthorization
GAO-14-699: Published: Aug 21, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2014.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (Corps) backlog list of authorized water resources construction projects is incomplete because the agency does not track all authorized projects and the list does not include studies. Specifically, GAO found that the backlog does not include some projects that were authorized but were not appropriated funds. Corps headquarters officials said that the agency does n...
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...
Missouri River Flood and Drought: Experts Agree the Corps Took Appropriate Action, Given the Circumstances, but Should Examine New Forecasting Techniques
GAO-14-741: Published: Sep 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2014.
Experts who participated in a GAO-sponsored meeting agreed that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) made appropriate release decisions during the 2011 flood and 2012 and 2013 drought affecting the Missouri River basin, given the severity of these events. These experts acknowledged that the flood was primarily due to extreme rain in eastern Montana in May and June 2011. The experts agreed that...
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...
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...
Defense Contracting: Factors DOD Considers When Choosing Best Value Processes Are Consistent with Guidance for Selected Acquisitions
GAO-14-584: Published: Jul 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) used two best value processes—tradeoff and lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA)—for approximately 93 percent of the 2,851 new, competitively awarded contracts awarded in fiscal year 2013 with obligations greater than $1 million. DOD used the tradeoff process most often in GAO's sample of contracts to acquire services, regardless of obligation value. For co...
Military Training: Observations on Efforts to Prepare Personnel to Survive Helicopter Crashes into Water
GAO-14-615R: Published: Jul 14, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2014.
The military services and U.S Special Operations Command (SOCOM) have similar water-egress training programs and similar facilities and equipment to teach personnel to escape from helicopters that crash in water, but each organization has specialized training capabilities that it uses to meet specific training needs. For example, Army, Navy, Air Force, and SOCOM training facilities each contain at...
Security Force Assistance: The Army and Marine Corps Have Ongoing Efforts to Identify and Track Advisors, but the Army Needs a Plan to Capture Advising Experience
GAO-14-482: Published: Jul 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2014.
The Army and Marine Corps have taken steps to identify and track personnel with Security Force Assistance (SFA)-related training, education, and experience, but the Army does not have a plan with goals and milestones to fully capture advising experience. A key element in conducting SFA missions is being able to identify the right personnel with the right training, education, and experience to exec...
Climate Change Adaptation: DOD Can Improve Infrastructure Planning and Processes to Better Account for Potential Impacts
GAO-14-446: Published: May 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2014.
In its Fiscal Year 2012 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, the Department of Defense (DOD) identified climate change phenomena such as rising temperatures and sea levels as potentially impacting its infrastructure, and officials at sites GAO visited or contacted noted actual impacts they had observed. For example, according to DOD officials, the combination of thawing permafrost, decreasing sea ic...
Defense Acquisitions: Review of Private Industry and Department of Defense Open Systems Experiences
GAO-14-617R: Published: Jun 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2014.
GAO identified four private sector companies across various industries whose officials discussed examples of how they use an open systems approach in product development—an approach that includes a modular design and open interfaces or connection points based on open standards—to reduce product development time and life-cycle costs, increase competition and innovation, and enable interoperabil...