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DOD Small Business Contracting: Use of Sole-Source 8 a Contracts over $20 Million Continues to Decline
GAO-16-557: Published: Jun 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 2016.
The number of sole-source contracts over $20 million that the Department of Defense (DOD) awards to small businesses under the 8(a) program has been steadily declining since 2011 when the new requirement for a written justification for these contracts went into effect. In contrast, the number of competitive 8(a) contracts over $20 million has increased in recent years (see figure).Number and Total...
Military Child Care: DOD Is Taking Actions to Address Awareness and Availability Barriers
GAO-12-21: Published: Feb 3, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2012.
Out-of-pocket costs for military families who use DOD-subsidized child care are largely driven by policies that vary by service. DOD establishes income-based fee ranges for on-installation child care, but each service sets its own fees and discounts within these parameters. As a result, in school year 2010 the per-child costs that families from the same income categories paid for on-installation c...
DOD Financial Management: Challenges in the Implementation of Business Systems Could Impact Audit Readiness Efforts
GAO-12-177T: Published: Oct 27, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2011.
As one of the largest and most complex organizations in the world, the Department of Defense (DOD) faces many challenges in resolving its long-standing financial and related business operations and system problems. DOD is in the process of implementing modern multifunction enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to replace many of its outdated legacy systems. The ERPs are intended to perform bu...
DOD Financial Management: Improved Controls, Processes, and Systems Are Needed for Accurate and Reliable Financial Information
GAO-11-933T: Published: Sep 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2011.
As one of the largest and most complex organizations in the world, the Department of Defense (DOD) faces many challenges in resolving serious problems in its financial management and related business operations and systems. DOD is required by various statutes to (1) improve its financial management processes, controls, and systems to ensure that complete, reliable, consistent, and timely informati...
DOD Financial Management: Weaknesses in Controls over the Use of Public Funds and Related Improper Payments
GAO-11-950T: Published: Sep 22, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2011.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is required to design and implement effective internal controls, including controls over its use of public funds ("funds controls") and controls over its payment processes ("payment controls"). As a steward of the public's resources, DOD is responsible and accountable for (1) using public funds efficiently and effectively and for the purposes and within the time fra...
DOD Financial Management: Marine Corps Statement of Budgetary Resources Audit Results and Lessons Learned [Reissued on October 17, 2011]
GAO-11-830: Published: Sep 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2011.
Long-standing weaknesses in Department of Defense (DOD) business processes, systems, and controls have hindered efforts to achieve financial audit readiness. Because DOD relies heavily on budget information for day-to-day management decisions, in August 2009, the DOD Comptroller designated the Statement of Budgetary Resources (SBR) as an audit priority. The U.S. Marine Corps was identified as the...
High-Risk Series: An Update
GAO-11-278: Published: Feb 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 2011.
The federal government is the world's largest and most complex entity, with about $3.5 trillion in outlays in fiscal year 2010 funding a broad array of programs and operations. GAO maintains a program to focus attention on government operations that it identifies as high risk due to their greater vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement or the need for transformation to address ec...
Military Personnel: Personnel and Cost Data Associated with Implementing DOD's Homosexual Conduct Policy
GAO-11-170: Published: Jan 20, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 2011.
From fiscal years 1994 through 2009, the Department of Defense (DOD) separated over 13,000 active military servicemembers under its homosexual conduct policy. These separations represent about 0.37 percent of the 3.6 million members separated for all reasons, including expiration of terms of service and retirement. In 2005, GAO reported on the number of separated servicemembers under DOD's homosex...
Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs
GAO-10-388SP: Published: Mar 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2010.
This is GAO's eighth annual assessment of selected Department of Defense (DOD) weapon programs. The report examines how well DOD is planning and executing its weapon acquisition programs, an area that has been on GAO's high-risk list since 1990. This year's report is in response to the mandate in the joint explanatory statement to the DOD Appropriations Act, 2009. The report includes (1) observati...
Afghanistan: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight
GAO-09-473SP: Published: Apr 21, 2009. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 2009.
The United States has provided approximately $38.6 billion in reconstruction assistance to Afghanistan and has over 35,000 troops in the country as of February 2009. Some progress has occurred in areas such as economic growth, infrastructure development, and training of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), but the overall security situation in Afghanistan has not improved after more than 7...