Department of Defense, Executive (41 - 50 of 913 items)
Defense Science and Technology: Further DOD and DOE Actions Needed to Provide Timely Conference Decisions and Analyze Risks from Changes in Participation [Reissued on March 13, 2015]
GAO-15-278: Published: Mar 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2015.
Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Energy (DOE) officials cited reduced attendance at science and technology (S&T) conferences by scientists and engineers since DOD and DOE implemented their conference policies. These policies, responding to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements, established processes for senior-level review and approval of conference requests based on depa...
Defense Major Automated Information Systems: Cost and Schedule Commitments Need to Be Established Earlier
GAO-15-282: Published: Feb 26, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2015.
A majority of the 20 selected Department of Defense (DOD) major automated information systems (MAIS) programs had not established their first baselines (which consist of a life cycle cost estimate, a schedule estimate, and performance targets) within 2 years from program start; over half met or planned to meet a statutorily established time frame for deploying capabilities. While the Defense Scien...
Defense Health Care: Better Tracking and Oversight Needed of Servicemember Separations for Non-Disability Mental Conditions
GAO-15-266: Published: Feb 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) and three of the four military services—Army, Navy, and Marine Corps—cannot identify the number of enlisted servicemembers separated for non-disability mental conditions—mental conditions that are not considered service-related disabilities. For most non-disability mental condition separations, these services use the broad separation code, “condition, not a...
Defense Health Care: Additional Information Needed about Mental Health Provider Staffing Needs
GAO-15-184: Published: Jan 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2015.
In response to the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2010, the Department of Defense (DOD) military health system (MHS) increased its mental health provider staffing level by 34 percent. Specifically, DOD increased the number of mental health providers across the MHS from 4,608 providers in fiscal year 2009 to 6,186 providers in fiscal year 2013. Social wor...
Defense Headquarters: DOD Needs to Reassess Personnel Requirements for the Office of Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, and Military Service Secretariats
GAO-15-10: Published: Jan 21, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 21, 2015.
Over the past decade, authorized military and civilian positions have increased within the Department of Defense (DOD) headquarters organizations GAO reviewed—the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Joint Staff, and the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force secretariats and staffs—but the size of these organizations has recently leveled off or begun to decline, and DOD's plans for...
Ground Radar and Guided Munitions: Increased Oversight and Cooperation Can Help Avoid Duplication among the Services' Programs
GAO-15-103: Published: Dec 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2014.
Several of the Department of Defense's (DOD) active ground radar programs have overlapping performance requirements and two are potentially duplicative. In these instances, the military service pursued separate acquisition programs because other programs did not fully meet their performance requirements, among other reasons. Specifically, GAO found:The Marine Corps' Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar...
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...
DOD Business Systems Modernization: Additional Enhancements Are Needed for Army Business System Schedule and Cost Estimates to Fully Meet Best Practices
GAO-14-470: Published: Sep 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2014.
The Army made some improvements to its schedule and cost estimates that supported the December 2012 full deployment decision for the Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army); however, the schedule and cost estimates did not fully meet best practices. GAO found that the schedule substantially met the credibility and control characteristics for developing a high-quality and reliable schedule. F...