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Defense Infrastructure: DOD Funding for Infrastructure and Road Improvements Surrounding Growth Installations
GAO-08-602R: Published: Apr 1, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 2008.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is simultaneously implementing a number of force realignments that contribute to personnel growth at military installations throughout the United States. DOD plans to execute over 800 actions from the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round, which entail relocating over 123,000 personnel. Concurrent with its BRAC 2005 actions, DOD is also implementing or plan...
Defense Management: DOD Needs to Reexamine Its Extensive Reliance on Contractors and Continue to Improve Management and Oversight
GAO-08-572T: Published: Mar 11, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2008.
The federal government, including the Department of Defense (DOD), is increasingly relying on contractors to carry out its missions. Governmentwide spending on contractor services has more than doubled in the last 10 years. DOD has used contractors extensively to support troops deployed abroad. The department recently estimated the number of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan to be about 196,000...
Defense Business Transformation: Sustaining Progress Requires Continuity of Leadership and an Integrated Approach
GAO-08-462T: Published: Feb 7, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2008.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has stewardship over an unprecedented amount of taxpayer money--with about $546 billion in discretionary budget authority provided thus far in fiscal year 2008, and total reported obligations of about $492 billion to support ongoing operations and activities related to the Global War on Terrorism from September 11, 2001, through September 2007. Meanwhile, DOD is sol...
Defense Acquisitions: DOD's Increased Reliance on Service Contractors Exacerbates Long-standing Challenges
GAO-08-621T: Published: Jan 23, 2008. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2008.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) spending on goods and services has grown significantly since fiscal year 2000, to well over $314 billion annually. GAO has identified DOD contract management as a high-risk area for more than decade. With awards to contractors large and growing, DOD will continue to be vulnerable to contracting fraud, waste, or misuse of taxpayer dollars, and abuse. Prudence with...
Defense Business Transformation: A Full-time Chief Management Officer with a Term Appointment Is Needed at DOD to Maintain Continuity of Effort and Achieve Sustainable Success
GAO-08-132T: Published: Oct 16, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 2007.
The Department of Defense (DOD) continues to face significant challenges in resolving its many long-standing business challenges. DOD is solely responsible for eight high-risk areas and shares responsibility for another seven governmentwide areas on GAO's high-risk list. GAO designated DOD's approach to business transformation as high risk in 2005 because (1) DOD's improvement efforts were fragmen...
Federal Acquisitions and Contracting: Systemic Challenges Need Attention
GAO-07-1098T: Published: Jul 17, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2007.
In fiscal year 2006, the federal government spent over $400 billion for a wide variety of goods and services, with the Department of Defense (DOD) being the largest purchaser. Given the large and growing structural deficit, the government must get the best return it can on its investment in goods and services. For decades, GAO has reported on a number of systemic challenges in agencies' acquisitio...
Guard and Reserve Personnel: Fiscal, Security, and Human Capital Challenges Should be Considered in Developing a Revised Business Model for the Reserve Component
GAO-07-984: Published: Jun 20, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2007.
Over 580,000 reservists have been activated for military operations between September 2001 and March 2007. The challenges of continuing to mobilize large numbers of reserve component servicemembers for ongoing operations while balancing their support to homeland defense missions have led to questions about whether changes are needed in the way the reserve components are structured and resourced, p...
Defense Acquisitions: Status and Challenges of Joint Forces Command's Limited Acquisition Authority
GAO-07-546: Published: Apr 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2007.
Over 3 years ago, Congress granted limited acquisition authority (LAA)--subject to delegation by the Secretary of Defense--to U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) for a 3-year period to expedite development and acquisition of certain warfighter equipment. Congress directed GAO to report on JFCOM LAA implementation. GAO's report, issued in November 2005, said JFCOM finished five LAA projects and was w...
Rebuilding Iraq: Reconstruction Progress Hindered by Contracting, Security, and Capacity Challenges
GAO-07-426T: Published: Feb 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2007.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has relied extensively on contractors to undertake major reconstruction projects and provide support to its deployed forces, but these efforts have not always achieved desired outcomes. Further, the Iraqi government must be able to reduce violence, sustain reconstruction progress, improve basic services, and make a positive difference in the daily lives of the Iraqi...
Defense Contracting: Questions for the Record
GAO-07-217R: Published: Dec 21, 2006. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2006.
On September 7, 2006, GAO testified before the Subcommittee on Defense, Committee on Appropriations, on recent trends in Department of Defense (DOD) contracting. Specifically, GAO testified about practices that undermine DOD's ability to establish sound business arrangements, particularly those involving the selection and oversight of DOD's contractors and their performance. This correspondence re...