Army, Department of Defense, Executive (51 - 60 of 912 items)
Afghanistan Equipment Drawdown: Progress Made, but Improved Controls in Decision Making Could Reduce Risk of Unnecessary Expenditures
GAO-14-768: Published: Sep 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has made some progress in its drawdown of equipment from Afghanistan, but ongoing uncertainties about the future force in Afghanistan could affect progress of the drawdown. Specifically, from October 2012 to October 2013, DOD returned from Afghanistan or destroyed 14,664 vehicles, an average of 1,128 vehicles per month. Future progress toward drawdown goals will dep...
Depot Maintenance: Accurate and Complete Data Needed to Meet DOD's Core Capability Reporting Requirements
GAO-14-777: Published: Sep 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2014.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) 2014 Biennial Core Report to Congress complies with two of the three required reporting elements of Section 2464—core capability requirements and planned workload. It partially complies with the third element—a detailed explanation or rationale for shortfalls and accompanying mitigation plans. Specifically, the report includes mitigation plans for the Marine C...
Missouri River Flood and Drought: Experts Agree the Corps Took Appropriate Action, Given the Circumstances, but Should Examine New Forecasting Techniques
GAO-14-741: Published: Sep 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2014.
Experts who participated in a GAO-sponsored meeting agreed that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) made appropriate release decisions during the 2011 flood and 2012 and 2013 drought affecting the Missouri River basin, given the severity of these events. These experts acknowledged that the flood was primarily due to extreme rain in eastern Montana in May and June 2011. The experts agreed that...
Active and Reserve Unit Costs: DOD Report to Congress Generally Addressed the Statutory Requirements but Lacks Detail
GAO-14-711R: Published: Jul 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2014.
GAO found that the Department of Defense's (DOD) report to Congress on the unit cost and readiness for the active and reserve components of the armed forces addressed or partially addressed the five required statutory reporting elements, but could have included more detailed information to give policymakers better insight into affordability and other active and reserve force mix issues. Specifical...
Defense Contracting: Factors DOD Considers When Choosing Best Value Processes Are Consistent with Guidance for Selected Acquisitions
GAO-14-584: Published: Jul 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) used two best value processes—tradeoff and lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA)—for approximately 93 percent of the 2,851 new, competitively awarded contracts awarded in fiscal year 2013 with obligations greater than $1 million. DOD used the tradeoff process most often in GAO's sample of contracts to acquire services, regardless of obligation value. For co...
Military Training: Observations on Efforts to Prepare Personnel to Survive Helicopter Crashes into Water
GAO-14-615R: Published: Jul 14, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2014.
The military services and U.S Special Operations Command (SOCOM) have similar water-egress training programs and similar facilities and equipment to teach personnel to escape from helicopters that crash in water, but each organization has specialized training capabilities that it uses to meet specific training needs. For example, Army, Navy, Air Force, and SOCOM training facilities each contain at...
Security Force Assistance: The Army and Marine Corps Have Ongoing Efforts to Identify and Track Advisors, but the Army Needs a Plan to Capture Advising Experience
GAO-14-482: Published: Jul 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2014.
The Army and Marine Corps have taken steps to identify and track personnel with Security Force Assistance (SFA)-related training, education, and experience, but the Army does not have a plan with goals and milestones to fully capture advising experience. A key element in conducting SFA missions is being able to identify the right personnel with the right training, education, and experience to exec...
Defense Acquisitions: Review of Private Industry and Department of Defense Open Systems Experiences
GAO-14-617R: Published: Jun 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2014.
GAO identified four private sector companies across various industries whose officials discussed examples of how they use an open systems approach in product development—an approach that includes a modular design and open interfaces or connection points based on open standards—to reduce product development time and life-cycle costs, increase competition and innovation, and enable interoperabil...
Defense Health Care: More-Specific Guidance Needed for TRICARE's Managed Care Support Contractor Transitions
GAO-14-505: Published: Jun 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2014.
The recent transition of TRICARE's managed care support contractors (contractors) in the West region did not go smoothly and highlighted numerous deficiencies in guidance and oversight by the TRICARE Management Activity (TMA)—the Department of Defense's (DOD) office responsible for awarding and managing these contracts at the time of GAO's review. For example, TMA did not ensure that its outgoin...
Department of Defense's Waiver of Competitive Prototyping Requirement for the Army's Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2, Block 1 Program
GAO-14-643R: Published: Jun 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2014.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) rationale for waiving the competitive prototyping requirement in the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act (WSARA) of 2009, as amended, for the Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability (IFPC) – Increment 2, Block 1 program addresses one of the two bases provided in the statute; namely that the cost of producing competitive prototypes exceeds the expected lif...