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Whistleblower Protection: DOD Needs to Enhance Oversight of Military Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations
GAO-15-477: Published: May 7, 2015. Publicly Released: May 7, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) did not meet statutory military whistleblower reprisal 180-day notification requirements in about half of reprisal investigations closed in fiscal year 2013, and DOD's average investigation time for closed cases in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 was 526 days, almost three times DOD's internal 180-day requirement. In 2012, GAO made recommendations to improve investigatio...
Missile Defense: Opportunities Exist to Reduce Acquisition Risk and Improve Reporting on System Capabilities
GAO-15-345: Published: May 6, 2015. Publicly Released: May 6, 2015.
In fiscal year 2014, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) made some progress in achieving its testing and delivery goals for individual elements of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), but was not able to complete its planned fiscal year goals for testing. MDA conducted two intercept tests demonstrating an increased capability. However, it did not complete six planned flight tests for a variet...
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...
GAO'S 2015 High-Risk Series: An Update
GAO-15-371T: Published: Feb 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2015.
Solid, steady progress has been made in the vast majority of the high-risk areas. Eighteen of the 30 areas on the 2013 list at least partially met all of the criteria for removal from the high risk list. Of those, 11 met at least one of the criteria for removal and partially met all others. Sufficient progress was made to narrow the scope of two high-risk issues—Protecting Public Health through...
Missile Defense: Cost Estimating Practices Have Improved, and Continued Evaluation Will Determine Effectiveness
GAO-15-210R: Published: Dec 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014.
The Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has taken steps in-line with GAO best practices to improve its cost estimating practices including:releasing an internal cost estimating handbook,performing internal cost reviews,assembling an independent cost assessment team, andreceiving independent cost estimates from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Cost Assessment and Program...
DOD Joint Bases: Implementation Challenges Demonstrate Need to Reevaluate the Program
GAO-14-577: Published: Sep 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2014.
Joint base officials reported varying progress in consolidating installation-support functions, and challenges resulting from consolidation efforts that created inefficiencies and inequities. Overall, the joint bases reported partially consolidating 80 percent of their installation-support functions, but the extent of consolidation varied across the bases and among the various functions. None of t...
Defense Infrastructure: DOD Needs to Improve Its Efforts to Identify Unutilized and Underutilized Facilities
GAO-14-538: Published: Sep 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2014.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has made some improvements, but OSD's utilization data continue to be incomplete and inaccurate; and data limitations affect the military departments' use of their databases to identify consolidation opportunities. GAO's analysis found that the percentage of total real property assets with a reported utilization rate in OSD's Real Property Assets Databa...
Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications: Review of DOD's Current Modernization Efforts
GAO-14-414R: Published: Mar 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2014.
GAO provided an in-depth classified briefing to committee staff on the results of this review in January 2014. GAO briefed on the status of several on-going nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3) modernization efforts within the Department of Defense (DOD), including progress made and remaining challenges to completing those efforts. GAO also reported on DOD's efforts to plan and devel...
Imminent Danger Pay: Actions Needed Regarding Pay Designations in the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility
GAO-14-230R: Published: Jan 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) obligated more than $1 billion in imminent danger pay from fiscal years 2010 through 2013 in the U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility, excluding Afghanistan, according to data from the military services. In June 2011, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness requested the geographic Combatant Commands to assess existing immin...
Military Personnel: Actions Needed to Improve Evaluation and Oversight of Reserve Officers' Training Corps Programs
GAO-14-93: Published: Nov 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2013.
From fiscal years 2008 through 2012, each military service met at least 91 percent of their overall Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) goals for producing the number of officers needed to meet service end strength authorizations, but each has reported challenges in commissioning officers for some certain occupational specialties, such as engineers and nurses. Further, GAO's analysis found tha...