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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...
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...