Department of Defense (1 - 10 of 56 items) in Past 6 Months
Building Partner Capacity: Inventory of Department of Defense Security Cooperation and Department of State Security Assistance Efforts
GAO-17-255R: Published: Mar 24, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2017.
Since 9/11, the Departments of Defense and State have worked to build the capacity of foreign partners to address security threats—for example, by training and equipping foreign security forces. However, the rapid increase in these efforts has led to questions about whether these agencies are adequately coordinating (and not duplicating) efforts. We conducted an inventory and found 194 DOD and...
KC-46 Tanker Modernization: Delivery of First Fully Capable Aircraft Has Been Delayed over One Year and Additional Delays Are Possible
GAO-17-370: Published: Mar 24, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2017.
The Air Force's KC-46 modernization program—initiated to replace a third of its aging aerial refueling fleet—is meeting its cost and performance targets. With fewer engineering changes than expected, the program's estimated total acquisition cost has decreased about $7.3 billion, or 14 percent, since its initial estimate. However, the project remains behind schedule. Boeing—the prime contr...
Defense Commissaries: DOD Needs to Improve Business Processes to Ensure Patron Benefits and Achieve Operational Efficiencies
GAO-17-80: Published: Mar 23, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2017.
The Department of Defense (DOD) lacks reasonable assurance that it is maintaining its desired savings rate for commissary patrons. The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), which manages the commissaries, has a methodology for calculating the annual savings rate that patrons realize by shopping at commissaries rather than commercial grocery stores. In fiscal year 2015, the most recent data available a...
Defense Logistics: Improved Performance Measures and Information Needed for Assessing Asset Visibility Initiatives
GAO-17-183: Published: Mar 16, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2017.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has identified performance measures for the eight selected asset visibility initiatives GAO reviewed, but these performance measures generally cannot be used to monitor progress. Specifically, GAO found that the measures for the eight initiatives reviewed did not generally include key attributes of successful performance measures. For example, for six initiatives th...
Department of Defense: Medical Conditions and Care for End-of-Service Military Working Dogs
GAO-17-358: Published: Mar 10, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2017.
DOD has used military working dogs at home and abroad to assist and protect servicemembers by helping to detect explosives or other threats. After completing their service, the dogs can be adopted, transferred to a law enforcement agency, or euthanized. Based on available data, we found that the most prevalent medical conditions for dogs adopted during 2014 and 2015 included skin conditions, dent...
Contracting Data Analysis: Assessment of Government-wide Trends
GAO-17-244SP: Published: Mar 9, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 2017.
Federal agencies spent over $430 billion on contracts for goods and services in 2015—almost 40 percent of all discretionary spending. To strengthen contracting practices and increase oversight of government spending, we analyzed contract data and identified overall trends in spending, competition, and contract type. From 2011 to 2015, we found that spending at defense agencies decreased by almo...
Contractor Whistleblower Protections Pilot Program: Improvements Needed to Ensure Effective Implementation
GAO-17-227: Published: Mar 2, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2017.
The Whistleblower Protections Pilot Program (pilot program) provides enhanced legal protections to contractor employees who believe that they have experienced reprisal as a result of disclosing certain wrongdoings. Among other enhancements, the act expanded the persons and entities to which a whistleblower could disclose wrongdoing and identified which office within an agency has responsibility fo...
Navy Shipbuilding: Need to Document Rationale for the Use of Fixed-Price Incentive Contracts and Study Effectiveness of Added Incentives
GAO-17-211: Published: Mar 1, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2017.
Over 80 percent of the Navy's shipbuilding contracts awarded over the past 10 years were fixed-price incentive (FPI). However, GAO found that half of the six selected contracts it reviewed did not document the Navy's justification for selecting this contract type. Moreover, key documents that should describe the rationale for selecting contract elements varied across these contracts. Given the Nav...
Sexual Assault: Better Resource Management Needed to Improve Prevention and Response in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve
GAO-17-217: Published: Feb 27, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2017.
The Army National Guard (Guard) and Army Reserve (Reserve) have implemented sexual assault prevention and response programs, but face challenges in areas such as staffing, budget management, and investigation timeliness that may hinder program implementation.Staffing: The Guard and the Reserve have staffed their sexual assault prevention and response programs, but their use of full-time and coll...
Joint Exercise Program: DOD Needs to Take Steps to Improve the Quality of Funding Data
GAO-17-7: Published: Feb 24, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 2017.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has developed a body of guidance for the Joint Exercise Program and has implemented an approach to assess the effectiveness of the program. In addition to the body of guidance for the program, DOD is working to update a key guidance document for military training in accordance with a congressional requirement. DOD's approach to assess the effectiveness of the Joint...