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DOD Financial Management: Actions Needed to Address Deficiencies in Controls over Army Active Duty Military Payroll
GAO-13-28: Published: Dec 12, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2012.
GAO identified deficiencies in the design of key control procedures relied on by the Army and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service-Indianapolis (DFAS-IN) to detect errors in payroll disbursements to active duty Army military personnel. Specifically, GAO found that the Army's procedures for reviewing Unit Commander Finance Reports (UCFR) do not (1) provide for monitoring of required UCFR revi...
Suspension and Debarment: DOD Has Active Referral Processes, but Action Needed to Promote Transparency
GAO-12-932: Published: Sep 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2012.
The four Department of Defense (DOD) components GAO examined have active processes for referring identified cases of contractor misconduct for appropriate action, including suspension or debarment. The components identify numerous cases of actual or alleged contractor misconduct each year from various internal and external sources. The figure below shows the process for identifying and referring c...
Defense Logistics: Space-Available Travel Challenges May Be Exacerbated If Eligibility Expands
GAO-12-924R: Published: Sep 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2012.
According to DOD data, over 500,000 passengers used the space-available travel program from fiscal years 2009 through 2011. DOD data show that the five most-used air terminals have limited seats available. Specifically, seats for the three most-traveled destinations from each terminal were near capacity in Fiscal Year 2011. While there were some unused seats for space-available travel, these may b...
Defense Logistics: DOD Has Taken Actions to Improve Some Segments of the Materiel Distribution System
GAO-12-883R: Published: Aug 3, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 2012.
DOD incorporated results-oriented management practices into the planning and development of the four ongoing DSO improvement efforts. Additionally, it appears that DOD is incorporating those practices into its planning for the fifth effortstrategic network optimizationwhich is still under development. On the basis of our assessment of DODs key planning documents and other informa...
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...