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Missile Defense: Opportunity to Refocus on Strengthening Acquisition Management
GAO-13-432: Published: Apr 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2013.
Although the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has made some progress, the new MDA Director faces challenges developing and deploying new systems to achieve increasingly integrated capabilities as well as supporting and upgrading deployed systems while providing decision makers in the Department of Defense (DOD) and Congress with key oversight information in an era of fiscal constraints.Challenge: Impr...
Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs
GAO-13-294SP: Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.
The Department of Defense (DOD) 2012 portfolio of 86 major defense acquisition programs is estimated to cost a total of $1.6 trillion, reflecting decreases in both size and cost from the 2011 portfolio. Those decreases are largely the result of more programs exiting than entering the portfolio, as well as reductions in procurement quantities due to program cancelations and restructurings. Notably...
Defense Contracting: Actions Needed to Increase Competition
GAO-13-325: Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.
The Department of Defenses (DOD) competition rate for all contract obligations declined over the past five fiscal years, from 62.6 percent in fiscal year 2008 to 57.1 percent in fiscal year 2012. GAO also found that the competition rate in fiscal year 2012 varied by specific DOD component with the Air Force having the lowest at 37.1 percent and the Defense Logistics Agency the highest at 83...
Defense Logistics: A Completed Comprehensive Strategy is Needed to Guide DOD's In-Transit Visibility Efforts
GAO-13-201: Published: Feb 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2013.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has taken steps to improve in-transit visibility of its assets through efforts developed by several of the defense components, but no one DOD organization is fully aware of all such efforts across the department, because they are not centrally tracked. In-transit visibility is the ability to track the identity, status, and location of DOD assets and personnel from o...
Protecting Defense Technologies: DOD Assessment Needed to Determine Requirement for Critical Technologies List
GAO-13-157: Published: Jan 23, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2013.
While the Department of Defense (DOD) took steps to address previously identified weaknesses in updating and maintaining the Militarily Critical Technologies List (MCTL), the list remains outdated and updates have ceased. For example, DOD has solicited users' requirements and feedback on the MCTL, and added a search engine capability to improve navigation of the list and updated each technology se...
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...
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...
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...