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Strategic Weapons: Changes in the Nuclear Weapons Targeting Process Since 1991
GAO-12-786R: Published: Jul 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2012.
The fundamental objectives of U.S. nuclear deterrence policy have remained largely consistent since 1991, even as the threat environment and the size of the nuclear weapons stockpile have changed. The current process for developing nuclear targeting and employment guidance has remained consistent. However, the structure of the nuclear war plan, and the categories and number of targets in the plan,...
Schedule Best Practices Provide Opportunity to Enhance Missile Defense Agency Accountability and Program Execution
GAO-12-720R: Published: Jul 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2012.
Based on our analysis, none of the five MDA schedules we reviewed fully met all nine of the schedule best practices, including the practice of capturing all activities. The schedules were inconsistent in meeting best practices, and some had major deficiencies. These results are significant because a reliable schedule is one key factor that indicates a program is likely to achieve its planned outco...
Military Base Realignments and Closures: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's Technology Center Construction Project
GAO-12-770R: Published: Jun 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2012.
NGA modified the original scope of work for the Technology Center but met the original data-storage requirement. DOD has limited written guidance on what constitutes a complete and usable facility. However, NGA, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Army officials believe the Technology Center constitutes a complete and usable facility because it meets its intended purpose of creating 10 petabyt...
Personnel Security Clearances: Continuing Leadership and Attention Can Enhance Momentum Gained from Reform Effort
GAO-12-815T: Published: Jun 21, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 2012.
Since GAO first identified the Department of Defenses (DOD) Personnel Security Clearance Program as a high-risk area, DOD, in conjunction with Congress and executive agency leadership, took actions that resulted in significant progress toward improving the processing of security clearances. Congress held more than 14 oversight hearings to help oversee key legislation, such as the Intelligenc...
GAO Schedule Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Project SchedulesExposure Draft
GAO-12-120G: Published: May 30, 2012. Publicly Released: May 30, 2012.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office is responsible for, among other things, assisting the Congress in its oversight of the federal government, including agencies stewardship of public funds. To use public funds effectively, the government must meet the demands of todays changing world by employing effective management practices and processes, including the measurement of governme...
Streamlining Government: Questions to Consider When Evaluating Proposals to Consolidate Physical Infrastructure and Management Functions
GAO-12-542: Published: May 23, 2012. Publicly Released: May 23, 2012.
The key to any consolidation initiative is the identification of and agreement on specific goals, with the consolidation goals being evaluated against a realistic expectation of how they can be achieved. Consolidation goals, for example, can be compromised and new problems introduced when an initiative is delayed or halted, with agencies running the risk of increased costs.The initiative needs to...
Missile Defense: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Acquisitions by Reducing Concurrency and Improving Parts Quality
GAO-12-600T: Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2012.
In fiscal year 2011, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) experienced mixed results in executing its fiscal year 2011 development goals and tests. For the first time in 5 years, GAO was able to report that the agency delivered all of the targets used in fiscal year 2011 test events with the targets performing as expected. In addition, the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense programs Standard Missile...
Missile Defense: Opportunity Exists to Strengthen Acquisitions by Reducing Concurrency
GAO-12-486: Published: Apr 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2012.
In fiscal year 2011, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) experienced mixed results in executing its development goals and Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) tests. For the first time in 5 years, GAO found that all of the targets used in this years tests were delivered and performed as expected. None of the programs GAO assessed were able to fully accomplish their asset delivery and capabil...
DOD Financial Management: Challenges in Attaining Audit Readiness and Improving Business Processes and Systems
GAO-12-642T: Published: Apr 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2012.
GAOs recent work highlights the types of challenges facing the Department of Defense (DOD) as it strives to attain audit readiness and reengineer its business processes and systems. The urgency in addressing these challenges has been increased by the goals of an auditable DOD Statement of Budgetary Resources (SBR) by the end of fiscal year 2014 and a complete set of auditable financial state...
DOD Financial Management: Reported Status of Department of Defense's Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
GAO-12-565R: Published: Mar 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2012.
The following is a list of the specific data elements that we requested DOD provide an updated status as of December 31, 2011, for each of the ERPs. program owner;a description of the functionality that each system is intended to provide;the annual dollar value that each system is intended to control and for which it is intended to account;the date that each program was initiated;the originally sc...