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Defense Forensics: Additional Planning and Oversight Needed to Establish an Enduring Expeditionary Forensic Capability
GAO-13-447: Published: Jun 27, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2013.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has taken some important steps to establish an enduring expeditionary forensic capability by issuing a concept of operations in 2008, followed by a directive in 2011 to establish policy and assign responsibilities. As required by the directive, DOD has drafted a strategic plan to guide the activities of the Defense Forensic Enterprise, including expeditionary forens...
Suspension and Debarment: Characteristics of Active Agency Programs and Governmentwide Oversight Efforts
GAO-13-707T: Published: Jun 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 2013.
While each agency's suspension and debarment program that GAO reviewed in 2011 was unique, agencies with the most suspension and debarment activity shared certain characteristics. These included a dedicated suspension and debarment program and staff, detailed policies and procedures, and practices that encouraged an active referral process.Dedicated suspension and debarment program and staff. Each...
Defense Infrastructure: Communities Need Additional Guidance and Information to Improve Their Ability to Adjust to DOD Installation Closure or Growth
GAO-13-436: Published: May 14, 2013. Publicly Released: May 14, 2013.
The 21 communities surrounding the 23 Department of Defense (DOD) installations closed in the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round have used strategies such as forming a local redevelopment authority and seeking federal grants to deal with the closures. Some economic data for these communities are comparable to national averages, with some variation. For instance, GAO found that 52 perce...
Defense Technology Development: Technology Transition Programs Support Military Users, but Opportunities Exist to Improve Measurement of Outcomes
GAO-13-286: Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2013.
GAO identified 20 technology transition programs--managed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and the military departments--that provide structured mechanisms and funding to facilitate technology transition. All of the programs GAO reviewed are consistent in providing opportunities to transition technologies from the science and technology (S&T) environment to a user, such as a weapon...
Military Bases: Opportunities Exist to Improve Future Base Realignment and Closure Rounds
GAO-13-149: Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2013.
and RecommendsThe Department of Defense (DOD) developed and used a quantitative model known as the Cost of Base Realignment Actions (COBRA), which GAO has found to be a reasonable estimator for comparing potential costs and savings among candidate alternatives, to estimate the costs and savings associated with Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 recommendations. However, DODs process fo...
Depot Maintenance: Additional Information Needed to Meet DOD's Core Capability Reporting Requirements
GAO-13-194: Published: Feb 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2013.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) 2012 Biennial Core Report complies with two of the three biennial reporting elements of Section 2464 by including information on core capability requirements and planned workloads available for maintaining these requirements. The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) reported core capability requirements totaling about 70 million direct labor hours for the mili...
Interagency Contracting: Agency Actions Address Key Management Challenges, but Additional Steps Needed to Ensure Consistent Implementation of Policy Changes
GAO-13-133R: Published: Jan 29, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2013.
Both OFPP and GSA have implemented corrective actions to address the key interagency contracting issues identified in our 2010 report regarding the creation, use, and oversight of interagency contracts. Specifically, OFPP has developed a policy framework for the establishment and oversight of interagency contract vehicles, which focuses on ensuring that new interagency contracts demonstrate value...
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...
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...