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Military Personnel: DMDC Data on Officers' Commissioning Programs is Insufficiently Reliable and Needs to be Corrected
GAO-07-372R: Published: Mar 8, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2007.
The Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) is a key Department of Defense (DOD) support organization that, among other things, generates reports for defense organizations such as the military services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Joint Staff. External organizations such as GAO and federally funded research and development centers also rely on DMDC for quantitative data and analyse...
DOD Excess Property: Control Breakdowns Present Significant Security Risk and Continuing Waste and Inefficiency
GAO-06-943: Published: Jul 25, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2006.
GAO's previous work found problems in security controls over sensitive excess military equipment that resulted in lost and stolen items, some of which were sold to the public, and significant waste and inefficiency in the Department of Defense (DOD) excess property reutilization program. GAO was asked to perform follow-up investigations to determine whether (1) unauthorized parties could obtain se...
Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Major Weapon Programs
GAO-05-301: Published: Mar 31, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2005.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is embarking on a number of efforts to enhance warfighting and the way the department conducts business. Major investments are being made to develop improved weapon systems to combat various threats to U.S. security. While the weapons that DOD ultimately develops have no rival in superiority, weapon systems acquisition remains a long-standing high-risk area. GAO's r...
Military Personnel: Financial Cost and Loss of Critical Skills Due to DOD's Homosexual Conduct Policy Cannot Be Completely Estimated
GAO-05-299: Published: Feb 23, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2005.
From the passage of the homosexual conduct policy statute, in fiscal year 1994, through fiscal year 2003 the military services separated about 9,500 servicemembers for homosexual conduct. This represents about 0.40 percent of the 2.37 million members separated for all reasons during this period. Questions have been raised about the costs of separating servicemembers for homosexual conduct. Also, i...
Defense Acquisitions: Better Information Could Improve Visibility over Adjustments to DOD's Research and Development Funds
GAO-04-944: Published: Sep 17, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2004.
Congress recognizes that the DOD needs some flexibility to adjust research and development program levels. A key mechanism--below threshold reprogramming (BTR)--enables DOD to adjust program funding levels without seeking prior congressional approval as long as a certain dollar amount or percentage threshold is not exceeded. In response to a mandate by the appropriations committees, this report ad...
Military Operations: DOD's Fiscal Year 2003 Funding and Reported Obligations in Support of the Global War on Terrorism
GAO-04-668: Published: May 13, 2004. Publicly Released: May 13, 2004.
The Global War on Terrorism--principally involving operations in Afghanistan and Iraq--was funded in fiscal year 2003 by Congress's appropriation of almost $69 billion. To assist Congress in its oversight of spending, GAO is undertaking a series of reviews relating to contingency operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism. In September 2003, GAO issued a report that discussed fiscal year...
Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Major Weapon Programs
GAO-04-248: Published: Mar 31, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2004.
Although the weapons that the Department of Defense (DOD) develops have no rival in superiority, there still remain ways in which they can be improved. GAO's reviews over the past 20 years have found consistent problems with weapon acquisitions--cost increases, schedule delays, and performance shortfalls--along with underlying causes, such as pressure on managers to promise more than they can deli...
Defense Inventory: Trends in Services' Spare Parts Purchased from the Defense Logistics Agency
GAO-02-452: Published: Apr 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2002.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) reported that a shortage of spare parts has caused a decline in the military services' readiness, particularly in aviation readiness. In response, Congress provided $1.1 billion in additional funding to purchase spare parts. According to DLA, shortages are a result of aging systems and high operational tempo, which increase the total number of spare parts require...
Military Personnel: Full Extent of Support to Civil Authorities Unknown but Unlikely to Adversely Impact Retention
GAO-01-9: Published: Jan 26, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 2001.
The Department of Defense (DOD) provides a wide range of support to many organizations at home and abroad. GAO estimates that, in fiscal year 1999, DOD provided support in at least 7,125 instances to 345 or more entities, including international organizations; private citizens; and federal, state, local, and foreign governments. This support consumed more than two million military staff-days. GAO...
Gender Issues: Trends in the Occupational Distribution of Military Women
NSIAD-99-212: Published: Sep 14, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the trends in the occupational distribution of military women, focusing on: (1) all occupations women were in during fiscal years 1990 and 1998, particularly those with the highest percentage of women; and (2) systemic barriers, if any, that limit women entering certain occupations.GAO noted that: (1) as was the case in the early 199...