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DOD Inventory of Contracted Services: Timely Decisions and Further Actions Needed to Address Long-Standing Issues
GAO-17-17: Published: Oct 31, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2016.
In fiscal year 2014, 40 Department of Defense (DOD) components in total certified that they had conducted an inventory review. Components are required by DOD guidance to address six elements in their certification letters, including, for example, identifying any inherently governmental functions and unauthorized personal services contracts. More components—21 out of 40—addressed all of the req...
Defense Major Automated Information Systems: Cost and Schedule Commitments Need to Be Established Earlier
GAO-15-282: Published: Feb 26, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2015.
A majority of the 20 selected Department of Defense (DOD) major automated information systems (MAIS) programs had not established their first baselines (which consist of a life cycle cost estimate, a schedule estimate, and performance targets) within 2 years from program start; over half met or planned to meet a statutorily established time frame for deploying capabilities. While the Defense Scien...
DOD Met Statutory Reporting Requirements on Public-Private Competitions
GAO-11-923R: Published: Sep 26, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2011.
The Department of Defense (DOD) relies on a multisector workforce of military personnel, other federal employees, and private contractors to perform needed services. The contractor workforce is substantial: DOD is the federal government's largest purchaser of contractor-provided services, such as aircraft maintenance or base operating support. Determining whether to obtain services with in-house r...
DOD Financial Management: Improvement Needed in DOD Components' Implementation of Audit Readiness Effort
GAO-11-851: Published: Sep 13, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2011.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has been required to prepare audited annual financial statements since 1997 but to date, has not been able to meet this requirement. The National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2010 mandated that DOD be prepared to validate [certify] that its consolidated financial statements are audit-ready by September 30, 2017. In May 2010, DOD issued its Financial Impr...
Military Personnel: Enhanced Collaboration and Process Improvements Needed for Determining Military Treatment Facility Medical Personnel Requirements
GAO-10-696: Published: Jul 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2010.
Military medical personnel, who are essential to maintaining one of the largest and most complex health systems in the nation, are in great demand due to the need to treat injured or ill servicemembers, and advances in technology that require specialized personnel. To determine how well the Department of Defense (DOD) and the services are developing their medical and dental personnel requirements,...
Defense Acquisitions: Status of DOD's Implementation of Independent Management Reviews for Services Acquisitions
GAO-10-284: Published: Jan 28, 2010. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2010.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is the federal government's largest purchaser of contractor-provided services, obligating more than $207 billion on services contracts in fiscal year 2009. DOD contract management has been on GAO's high-risk list since 1992, in part because of continued weaknesses in DOD's management and oversight of contracts for services. The National Defense Authorization Act for...
Joint Strike Fighter: Management of the Technology Transfer Process
GAO-06-364: Published: Mar 14, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2006.
The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program is the Department of Defense's (DOD) largest international cooperative effort to develop and produce a major weapon system. Due to the breadth of international participation, the number of export authorizations needed to share information with partner governments, solicit bids from suppliers, and execute contracts is expected to far exceed past transfers of a...
Electronic Warfare: Comprehensive Strategy Still Needed for Suppressing Enemy Air Defenses
GAO-03-51: Published: Nov 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 25, 2002.
U.S. military aircraft are often at great risk from enemy air defenses, and the services use specialized aircraft to neutralize or destroy them. In January 2001, GAO reported that a gap existed between the services' suppression capabilities and their needs and recommended that a comprehensive strategy was needed to fix the situation. In response to GAO's report, DOD emphasized that a major study u...
Defense Health Care: Health Care Benefit for Women Comparable to Other Plans
GAO-02-602: Published: May 1, 2002. Publicly Released: May 1, 2002.
Half of all beneficiaries in the Department of Defense's (DOD) Tricare health care program are women. With a health care system historically oriented towards men, DOD has had to work to ensure that its women beneficiaries receive the full range of medical services they are entitled to, including obstetrical and gynecological care and diagnostic services such as Pap smears and mammograms. TRICARE-c...
Military Base Closures: DOD's Updated Net Savings Estimate Remains Substantial
GAO-01-971: Published: Jul 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2001.
Through four rounds of base closures and realignments between 1988 and 1995, the Department of Defense (DOD) expected to reduce its domestic infrastructure and provide needed dollars for high priority programs, such as weapons modernization. Although DOD projects it will realize significant recurring savings from the closures and realignments, Congress continues to raise questions about how much,...