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Information Technology: Agencies Need to Strengthen Oversight of Billions of Dollars in Operations and Maintenance Investments
GAO-13-87: Published: Oct 16, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
Federal agency assessments of the performance of information technology (IT) investments in operations and maintenance (O&M)--commonly referred to as operational analyses (OAs)--vary significantly. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance calls for agencies to develop an OA policy and perform such analyses annually to ensure steady state investments continue to meet agency needs. The guidanc...
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...
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program: Vulnerability to Fraud and Abuse Remains
GAO-12-697: Published: Aug 1, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2012.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) program remains vulnerable to fraud and abuse. VA has made inconsistent statements about its progress verifying firms listed in VetBiz using the more-thorough process the agency implemented in response to the Veterans Small Business Verification Act (2010 Act). In one communication, VA stated that as of...
Strategic Weapons: Changes in the Nuclear Weapons Targeting Process Since 1991
GAO-12-786R: Published: Jul 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2012.
The fundamental objectives of U.S. nuclear deterrence policy have remained largely consistent since 1991, even as the threat environment and the size of the nuclear weapons stockpile have changed. The current process for developing nuclear targeting and employment guidance has remained consistent. However, the structure of the nuclear war plan, and the categories and number of targets in the plan,...
Nuclear Weapons: Evaluation of Report on Feasibility of Increasing Air Transportation of Nuclear Weapons, Components, and Materials
GAO-12-577R: Published: May 4, 2012. Publicly Released: May 4, 2012.
In summary, we found the following:The ATS report was supported by generally acceptable methods for developing transportation options and evaluating safety, security, and operational requirements for these options. The assessment of safety risk from a possible airplane crash transporting nuclear weapons was the key factor supporting the reports conclusions to maintain the current balance of...
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...
Military Base Realignments and Closures: Key Factors Contributing to BRAC 2005 Results
GAO-12-513T: Published: Mar 8, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2012.
GAO identified several factors and challenges that contributed to the Department of Defenses (DOD) implementation of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 and the results achieved. In contrast to other BRAC rounds that were primarily focused on achieving savings by reducing excess infrastructure, the Secretary of Defense identified three goals for BRAC 2005. Specifically, BRAC 2005 was in...