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Depot Maintenance: Improvements to DOD's Biennial Core Report Could Better Inform Oversight and Funding Decisions
GAO-17-81: Published: Nov 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 28, 2016.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) 2016 Biennial Core Report to Congress complied with two of the three reporting elements required by Section 2464—core capability requirements and planned workload. It partially complied with the third element—a detailed explanation or rationale for shortfalls and accompanying mitigation plans—because DOD did not include rationales and mitigation plans for al...
Weapon System Requirements: Detailed Systems Engineering Prior to Product Development Positions Programs for Success
GAO-17-77: Published: Nov 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2016.
GAO's analysis of nine case studies identified four factors that frame the challenge posed by a given weapon system's requirements: acquisition approach, technology status, design maturity, and system interdependency. Systems engineering is the primary means for determining whether and how that challenge can be met. It is a disciplined learning process that translates requirements into specific de...
Defense Infrastructure: Actions Needed to Strengthen Utility Resilience Planning
GAO-17-27: Published: Nov 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2016.
Based on GAO's survey of Department of Defense (DOD) owned utility systems, there were 4,393 instances of utility disruptions caused by equipment failure for fiscal years 2009 through 2015 and the results of our survey and interviews with DOD installation officials indicated that these disruptions have caused a range of financial and operational impacts. Survey respondents identified several facto...
Military Personnel: Performance Measures Needed to Determine How Well DOD's Credentialing Program Helps Servicemembers [Reissued on October 21, 2016]
GAO-17-133: Published: Oct 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2016.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has taken steps to establish the statutorily required credentialing program, but it has not developed performance measures to gauge the program's effectiveness. Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) officials are in the process of coordinating a draft DOD instruction for the program that will assign responsibilities and prescribe procedures for its operation, and...
DOD Renewable Energy Projects: Improved Guidance Needed for Analyzing and Documenting Costs and Benefits
GAO-16-487: Published: Sep 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2016.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has emphasized working with private developers using a variety of alternative financing mechanisms—that is, agreements with private developers to pay back the costs of the projects over time—to develop renewable energy projects greater than 1 megawatt. According to DOD officials, DOD works with private developers because doing so gives DOD several advantages. Fo...
Defense Budget: DOD Needs to Improve Reporting of Operation and Maintenance Base Obligations
GAO-16-537: Published: Aug 16, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 2016.
Congress enacted funding for the Department of Defense's (DOD) Operation and Maintenance (O&M) into multiple base appropriations accounts, which are used to pay for day-to-day programs and activities. This enacted funding generally has increased each year since fiscal year 2009, with the exception of fiscal year 2013, when sequestration reduced funding for O&M base.GAO found that DOD used its auth...
DOD Advertising: Better Coordination, Performance Measurement, and Oversight Needed to Help Meet Recruitment Goals
GAO-16-396: Published: May 12, 2016. Publicly Released: May 12, 2016.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has taken steps to coordinate some advertising activities among the military service components, but it has not developed a formal process for coordination. DOD conducts joint market research and service officials responsible for advertising at times share some information about lessons learned. However, there is no formal process for addressing inefficiencies and t...
Defense Logistics: Enhanced Policy and Procedures Needed to Improve Management of Sensitive Conventional Ammunition
GAO-16-202: Published: Feb 16, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 2016.
The military services maintained accountability (i.e., accurate records) of Security Risk Category (SRC) I conventional ammunition at 11 sampled locations within the continental United States; however, GAO identified gaps in some service-level guidance and procedures for how SRC I ammunition is accounted for across locations. GAO identified instances in which the Navy and Army had taken actions t...
Prepositioned Stocks: Additional Information and a Consistent Definition Would Make DOD's Annual Report More Useful
GAO-15-570: Published: Jun 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) provided information on each of the 12 required elements enumerated in its fiscal year 2013 prepositioning report, but it only partially addressed 4 of those elements. GAO found that DOD addressed 8 of the elements and that the information provided was generally responsive to the reporting requirements. DOD partially addressed the remaining 4 elements in that it did...
Defense Acquisition Process: Military Service Chiefs' Concerns Reflect Need to Better Define Requirements before Programs Start
GAO-15-469: Published: Jun 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2015.
Most current and former military service chiefs and vice chiefs GAO interviewed from the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps collectively expressed dissatisfaction with acquisition program outcomes and believed that the Department of Defense's (DOD) requirements development and acquisition processes need to be better integrated. The service chiefs are largely responsible for developing the ser...