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Weapons Acquisition Reform: Reform Act Is Helping DOD Acquisition Programs Reduce Risk, but Implementation Challenges Remain
GAO-13-103: Published: Dec 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2012.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has taken steps to implement fundamental Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 (Reform Act) provisions, including those for approving acquisition strategies and better monitoring weapon acquisition programs. DOD is also continuing to take additional steps to strengthen policies and capabilities. Some provisions, such as issuing guidance for estimating operat...
Security Assistance: DOD's Ongoing Reforms Address Some Challenges, but Additional Information Is Needed to Further Enhance Program Management
GAO-13-84: Published: Nov 16, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2012.
Security cooperation officials report three major types of challenges--training and workforce structure, defining partner country requirements, and obtaining acquisition and delivery status information--in conducting assistance programs. Ongoing Department of Defense (DOD) reforms address challenges that DOD security cooperation officials reported in meeting staff training needs and achieving the...
DOD Joint Bases: Management Improvements Needed to Achieve Greater Efficiencies
GAO-13-134: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has not developed or implemented a plan to guide joint bases in achieving cost savings and efficiencies. The Department of Defense (DOD) originally estimated saving $2.3 billion from joint basing over 20 years, but in the absence of a plan to drive savings, that estimate has fallen by almost 90 percent. OSD also does not yet have a fully developed metho...
Human Capital: Complete Information and More Analyses Needed to Enhance DOD's Civilian Senior Leader Strategic Workforce Plan
GAO-12-990R: Published: Sep 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2012.
DOD's approach for determining its civilian senior leader workforce projections to meet future requirements incorporated the results of two separate assessments. In its 2010-2018 strategic workforce plan, DOD presented data that projected reductions of 178 civilian senior leader positions within its five career civilian senior leader workforces during fiscal years 2011 and 2012. To conduct its ass...
Missile Defense: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Acquisitions by Reducing Concurrency and Improving Parts Quality
GAO-12-600T: Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2012.
In fiscal year 2011, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) experienced mixed results in executing its fiscal year 2011 development goals and tests. For the first time in 5 years, GAO was able to report that the agency delivered all of the targets used in fiscal year 2011 test events with the targets performing as expected. In addition, the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense programs Standard Missile...
Military Education: Improved Oversight and Management Needed for DOD's Fellowship and Training-with-Industry Programs
GAO-12-367: Published: Apr 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2012.
GAO determined that DOD primarily uses two explicit statutory authoritiessection 2603 of Title 10 of the United States Code, which authorizes servicemembers to accept fellowships from certain organizations, and section 2013 of Title 10 of the United States Code, which authorizes the training of servicemembers at nongovernmental facilitiesfor its fellowships and training-with-industry p...
Military Personnel: Prior GAO Work on DOD's Actions to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Assault in the Military
GAO-12-571R: Published: Mar 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2012.
GAOs prior work on sexual assault in the military has resulted in 25 recommendations on various aspects of the Department of Defenses (DOD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program. DOD concurred or partially concurred with all of GAOs recommendations and has since begun or completed action on each of them. To date, GAOs analysis shows that DOD has fully implem...
Defense Health: Coordinating Authority Needed for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Activities [Reissued on January 27, 2012]
GAO-12-154: Published: Jan 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2012.
From fiscal year 2007 through fiscal year 2010, DOD activities for the treatment and research of PH and TBI received more than $2.7 billion. In fiscal year 2007, funding for these activities totaled $900 million; in fiscal year 2008, it was $573.8 million; in fiscal year 2009, $395 million; and in fiscal year 2010, $838.6 million. GAO found, however, that the reports DOD provided to Congress on th...
Acquisition Workforce: DOD's Efforts to Rebuild Capacity Have Shown Some Progress
GAO-12-232T: Published: Nov 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2011.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is the government's largest buying entity and has recognized that rebuilding the acquisition workforce is a strategic priority. The federal government's current budget and long-term fiscal pressures underscore the importance of a capable and well-functioning workforce. GAO and others have long recognized that the size and capabilities of the workforce across the gov...
Defense Acquisition Workforce: Better Identification, Development, and Oversight Needed for Personnel Involved in Acquiring Services
GAO-11-892: Published: Sep 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2011.
In fiscal year 2010, more than half of the $367 billion dollars the Department of Defense (DOD) spent on contracts was spent on services. Buying services is fundamentally different than buying weapon systems, yet most acquisition regulations, policies, processes, and training remain structured for acquiring weapon systems. Over the last decade, reports from GAO, DOD, and Congress have raised issue...