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Defense Travel System: Overview of Prior Reported Challenges Faced by DOD in Implementation and Utilization
GAO-08-649T: Published: Apr 15, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2008.
In 1995, the Department of Defense (DOD) began an effort to implement a standard departmentwide travel system, the Defense Travel System (DTS). This testimony is based on previously issued GAO reports and testimonies that highlighted challenges confronted by DOD in the implementation of DTS. More specifically, today's testimony focuses on prior GAO reporting concerning (1) the lack of quantitative...
Status of Selected Aspects of the Coast Guard's Deepwater Program
GAO-08-270R: Published: Mar 11, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2008.
The Coast Guard is in the midst of the largest acquisition program in its history--one that has experienced serious performance and management problems. The Deepwater program is intended to replace or modernize the Coast Guard's fleet of vessels, aircraft, and information management capabilities in order to carry out its missions along our coastlines and farther out at sea. Deepwater incorporates...
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...
Response to a Posthearing Question Related to GAO's November 16, 2006 Testimony on the Defense Travel System
GAO-07-287R: Published: Dec 19, 2006. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2006.
On November 16, 2006, GAO testified before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, on the results of our audit on the Defense Travel System (DTS). This letter responds to a question from Senator Coburn that we were asked to answer for the record. The question and our response follow.We fully recognize the challenge the Department of De...
Defense Travel System: Estimated Savings Are Questionable and Improvements Are Needed to Ensure Functionality and Increase Utilization
GAO-07-208T: Published: Nov 16, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2006.
In 1995, the Department of Defense (DOD) began an effort to implement a standard departmentwide travel system. The Defense Travel System (DTS) is envisioned as DOD's standard end-to-end travel system. This testimony is based on GAO's September 2006 related report. Today's testimony highlights GAO's key findings with regard to the following objectives: (1) Were the two key assumptions made in the S...
Defense Travel System: Reported Savings Questionable and Implementation Challenges Remain
GAO-06-980: Published: Sep 26, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2006.
In 1995, the Department of Defense (DOD) began an effort to implement a standard departmentwide travel system. The Defense Travel System (DTS) is envisioned as DOD's standard end-to-end travel system. This report is a follow-up to GAO's January 2006, report which highlighted DTS implementation problems. Because of continued congressional interest in DTS, GAO initiated this follow-up audit under th...
Corps of Engineers: Observations on Planning and Project Management Processes for the Civil Works Program
GAO-06-529T: Published: Mar 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2006.
Through the Civil Works Program, the Corps of Engineers (Corps) constructs, operates, and maintains thousands of civil works projects across the United States. The Corps uses a two-phase study process to help inform congressional decision makers about civil works projects and determine if they warrant federal investment. As part of the process for deciding to proceed with a project, the Corps anal...
DOD Excess Property: Management Control Breakdowns Result in Substantial Waste and Inefficiency
GAO-05-729T: Published: Jun 7, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2005.
GAO was asked to assess the overall economy and efficiency of the Department of Defense (DOD) program for excess property reutilization (reuse). Specifically, GAO was asked to determine (1) whether and to what extent the program included waste and inefficiency and (2) root causes of any waste and inefficiency. GAO was also asked to provide detailed examples of waste and inefficiency and the relate...
Executive Guide: Leading Practices in Capital Decision-Making (Superseded by AIMD-99-32)
AIMD-98-110: Published: Apr 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1998.
This publication has been superseded by AIMD-99-32, Executive Guide: Leading Practices in Capital Decision-Making, December 1998. GAO published a guide: (1) summarizing the 12 fundamental practices that have been successfully implemented by organizations recognized for their outstanding capital decisionmaking practices; and (2) providing examples of leading practices from which the federal governm...