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Defense Headquarters: Geographic Combatant Commands Rely on Subordinate Commands for Mission Management and Execution
GAO-16-652R: Published: Jun 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2016.
Data provided by the Department of Defense (DOD) shows that 22,170 total authorized permanent and temporary military and civilian personnel are allocated to five geographic combatant commands and their service component commands, subordinate unified commands, and joint task forces. Service component commands are established by the individual military services and provide administrative control ove...
Defense Headquarters: Improved Data Needed to Better Identify Streamlining and Cost Savings Opportunities by Function
GAO-16-286: Published: Jun 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2016.
Since 2014, and in part to respond to congressional direction, the Department of Defense (DOD) has undertaken initiatives intended to improve the efficiency of headquarters organizations and identify related cost savings, but it is unclear to what extent these initiatives will help the department achieve the potential savings it has identified. In a 2015 review of its six business processes, DOD i...
Defense Contracting: Complete Historical Data Not Available on Canceled DOD Solicitations
GAO-16-502R: Published: Jun 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2016.
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and GAO bid protest decisions identify general standards that the government must meet before canceling a solicitation depending on the type of solicitation procedure used. These standards and different scenarios for cancelations are outlined in the figure below.Examples of Scenarios to Cancel a Solicitation for Sealed Bids and Negotiated ProcurementsComple...
Casualty Assistance: DOD and the Coast Guard Need to Develop Policies and Outreach Goals and Metrics for Program Supporting Servicemembers' Survivors
GAO-16-569: Published: Jun 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2016.
The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Coast Guard took steps to implement the Gold Star Advocate Program in 2014 by designating Gold Star Advocates who have received, addressed, and reported a variety of issues raised by survivors, and they conducted some outreach to survivors for the program, but they have not established policies to manage the program. The National Defense Authorization Act fo...
Defense Civil Support: DOD Has Made Progress Incorporating the Homeland Response Force into the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Response Enterprise
GAO-16-599: Published: Jun 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2016.
The National Guard has determined, through established capabilities and readiness measures, that the Homeland Response Force (HRF) is ready to conduct the HRF mission if called upon. The Department of Defense's (DOD) National Guard Bureau uses an evaluation of necessary tasks and actions as a primary measure of HRF capabilities and DOD's Defense Readiness Reporting System as a primary measure of r...
Army Working Capital Fund: Army Industrial Operations Could Improve Budgeting and Management of Carryover
GAO-16-543: Published: Jun 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2016.
GAO's analysis of Army Industrial Operations (Industrial Operations) reports showed that Industrial Operations actual adjusted carryover exceeded its allowable carryover amount from fiscal years 2013 through 2015 by $195 million, $1.1 billion, and $854 million, respectively. This occurred because Industrial Operations performed less work (i.e., earned less revenue) than orders accepted due to staf...
Defense Facility Condition: Revised Guidance Needed to Improve Oversight of Assessments and Ratings
GAO-16-662: Published: Jun 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2016.
The military services have reported differing levels of progress in meeting Department of Defense (DOD) facility policy requirements, including implementing a standardized process for assessing facility conditions and recording condition ratings based on this process. The services are to implement the standardized process in part by assessing the condition of buildings, pavement, and rail using th...
Defense Health Care: Availability and Quality Measurement of Women's Health Care Services in U.S. Military Hospitals
GAO-16-596: Published: Jun 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2016.
Almost all of the domestic military hospitals in the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Military Health System (MHS) offered general women’s health care services, including general maternity, neonatal, and gynecological care, with fewer offering specialty care services. Specifically, according to officials from the three military services and the National Capital Region (NCR) (which includes two mi...
Electronic Waste: DOD Is Recovering Materials, but Several Factors May Hinder Near-Term Expansion of These Efforts
GAO-16-576: Published: Jun 20, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2016.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) processes tens of millions of pounds of Department of Defense (DOD) electronic waste annually and recovers some materials from this waste, including precious metals and one material—germanium—that is being added to the National Defense Stockpile. DLA contracts with recyclers to handle DOD's electronic waste, a process that includes separating out recyclable m...
Government Purchase Cards: Opportunities Exist to Leverage Buying Power
GAO-16-526: Published: May 19, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2016.
The agencies in GAO's review—the Departments of Defense (DOD), Veterans Affairs (VA), the Interior (Interior), Homeland Security, and Energy (Energy), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—have made varied use of purchase card data, and additional opportunities exist to negotiate discounts and leverage buying power. As the chart below shows, spending with government purchase cards repr...