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The Fleet Modernization Program: Still Room for Improvement
PLRD-82-65: Published: Jun 14, 1982. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Navy's fleet modernization program.The Navy often fails to follow its guidelines concerning the management of its fleet modernization program. As a result, many ship alterations are deferred and data for cost estimates are not available. In addition, the Navy does not always properly order material for the program, resulting in unnecessary...
Nuclear and Coal Waste Disposal Hampered by Legal, Regulatory, and Technical Uncertainties
EMD-82-63: Published: May 4, 1982. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1982.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared the problems and uncertainties of nuclear and coal fuel cycle waste disposal. The issues involved the determination of the problems, progress, and status of disposal efforts for each nuclear and coal waste type primarily produced by electric generation. These issues included: (1) problems associated with waste collection and disposal; (2) present t...
Further Improvements Needed in the Department of Energy for Estimating and Reporting Project Costs
MASAD-82-37: Published: May 26, 1982. Publicly Released: May 26, 1982.
GAO examined Department of Energy (DOE) policies, procedures, and practices for estimating the costs of major systems and the accuracy of information provided to Congress. The GAO survey focused on the Transient Reactor Test Facility Upgrade and the Program Support Facility projects.GAO found problems with the cost estimating practices, particularly the lack of sufficient guidelines provided to co...
The Use of Obsolescent Computers Involves Unnecessary Costs and Problems
115900: Jul 23, 1981
Implementing modern computer technology can help the government achieve the objectives of reducing the size and cost of government and improving productivity. GAO undertook a study to determine if the federal computer inventory is outmoded, how this situation arose, and how to prevent it from recurring. It was found that over half of the medium- and large-scale computers used by the government are...
HHS Moves To Improve Accuracy of AFDC Administrative Cost Allocation: Increased Oversight Needed
HRD-81-51: Published: May 18, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1981.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for ensuring that state cost-allocation plans, upon which federal financial participation in administrative costs for the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program are based, accurately reflect the federal reimbursable share of costs.The principle oversight agencies of HHS are not adequately reviewing, analyzing, and que...
F/A-18 Naval Strike Fighter: Progress Has Been Made But Problems and Concerns Continue
MASAD-81-3: Published: Feb 18, 1981. Publicly Released: Feb 18, 1981.
GAO reviewed the major technical and cost issues facing the Navy's F/A-18 strike fighter program. Both Congress and the executive branch have expressed concern over the cost and performance of the F/A-18. Many of these issues were raised in a prior GAO report on the program.The F/A-18 has continued to improve during development and has made noteworthy achievements in certain areas. However, cost a...
Why Actual Costs of Military Construction Projects Vary From Their Estimates
LCD-81-17: Published: Jan 14, 1981. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 1981.
GAO was asked to review the Department of Defense's (DOD) reprogramming of funds for military construction projects. It was pointed out that the DOD need for additional project funds above that initially appropriated was increasing. Specifically, GAO was asked to determine: (1) whether cost estimating procedures, including guidelines for inflation were adequate; (2) how the DOD actual costs for fi...
Cost Estimates for U.S. and Canadian F/A-18 Strike Fighters
PSAD-80-74: Published: Aug 19, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1980.
Information was requested on the cost of the U.S. F/A-18 strike fighter aircraft. The U.S. F/A-18 aircraft's unit cost was compared to the the same aircraft ordered by Canada.The Canadian unit cost estimate of the F/A-18 aircraft is lower than the unit cost of U.S. aircraft which will be delivered over the same time period. However, the estimate for the Canadian purchase does not include research...
The Navy's TRIDENT Fleet: Some Success but Several Major Problems
PSAD-78-31: Published: Apr 7, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1978.
The TRIDENT submarine and missile fleet is a sea-based weapons system designed to deter nuclear attack. The Electric Boat Division of the General Dynamics Corporation was awarded the construction contract for the first submarine in July 1974. The Navy exercised its option for three more submarines; a contract for a fifth submarine, with options for up to two more, was awarded to Electric Boat in J...
Consistent and Uniform Treatment of Inflation Needed in Program Cost Estimates Provided to the Congress
PSAD-78-8: Published: Mar 20, 1978. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 1978.
Inflation is continually cited as a leading cause of tremendous cost growth in Government programs in recent years. The practices followed by selected Government agencies in providing for inflation in the cost estimates of long-term major programs were examined because the long-term programs proposed by the departments and agencies are not costed on a consistent and uniform basis, and it is imposs...