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Centers of Excellence: DOD and VA Need Better Documentation of Oversight Procedures
GAO-16-54: Published: Dec 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has developed criteria to designate an entity as a Defense Center of Excellence (COE), but the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has not. Health-focused COEs are intended to bring together treatment, research, and education to support health provider competencies; identify gaps in medical research and coordinate research effor...
Bulk Fuel Pricing: DOD Needs to Take Additional Actions to Establish a More Reliable Methodology
GAO-16-78R: Published: Nov 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) adjusted its methodology for developing the standard fuel price for fiscal year 2016 in order to develop a more precise estimate, but the new methodology does not reflect actual market conditions or fully account for risks to the reliability of its fuel cost estimate. In July 2014, GAO found that DOD had not updated its approach to establish the standard price for f...
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency: Key Factors Drive Transition of Technologies, but Better Training and Data Dissemination Can Increase Success
GAO-16-5: Published: Nov 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2015.
Since 2010, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has had success in technology transition—the process of migrating new technologies from the research environment to military users, including Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition programs and warfighters. However, inconsistencies in how the agency defines and assesses its transition outcomes preclude GAO from reliably reporting...
DOD Inventory of Contracted Services: Actions Needed to Help Ensure Inventory Data Are Complete and Accurate
GAO-16-46: Published: Nov 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) continues to face challenges in ensuring that it fully reviews its inventory of contracted services. As of September 2015, 35 of 37 components certified they had done so and generally addressed more of the review elements required by DOD guidance than in prior years. For the second consecutive year, however, the Air Force did not submit a certification letter. Furth...
DOD Manufacturing Arsenals: Actions Needed to Identify and Sustain Critical Capabilities
GAO-16-86: Published: Nov 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2015.
Since 2012, the Department of Defense (DOD) has taken various actions to assign work to its three manufacturing arsenals—Pine Bluff Arsenal, Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, and Watervliet Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center—in an attempt to generate sufficient revenue to recover operating expenses following a significant decline in demand for materi...
Military Recruiting: Army National Guard Needs to Continue Monitoring, Collect Better Data, and Assess Incentives Programs
GAO-16-36: Published: Nov 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2015.
The Army National Guard (ARNG) has taken steps to increase oversight of its recruiting process primarily conducted by recruiters dispersed at the state-level but has not established a permanent program to monitor state-level recruiting activities. In June 2014, the ARNG created a Recruiting Standards Branch that has started to conduct inspections of state offices. The Recruiting Standards branch c...
National Security Personnel: Committed Leadership Is Needed for Implementation of Interagency Rotation Program
GAO-16-57: Published: Nov 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2015.
As required by section 1107 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013, the Committee on National Security Personnel (Committee) has taken steps to establish the Interagency Rotation Program for national security personnel, including developing a National Security Human Capital Strategy (Strategy). However, implementation of the program has languished and no personnel ha...
Military Personnel: Oversight Framework and Evaluations Needed for DOD and the Coast Guard to Help Increase the Number of Female Officer Applicants
GAO-16-55: Published: Nov 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2015.
Department of Defense (DOD) and Coast Guard fiscal year 2010-14 data show an overall slight increase in female officer accessions rates (e.g. the number of female officer accessions during a period of time, expressed as a percentage of total accessions) for all of the Armed Forces, with the Coast Guard having the highest percentage increase. Female officer accession rates for the Army, the Navy, a...
Sexual Assault: Actions Needed to Improve DOD's Prevention Strategy and to Help Ensure It Is Effectively Implemented
GAO-16-61: Published: Nov 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) developed its strategy to prevent sexual assault using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) framework for effective sexual-violence prevention strategies, but DOD does not link activities to desired outcomes or fully identify risk and protective factors. Specifically, DOD's strategy identifies 18 prevention-related activities, but they are not linked...
Space Acquisitions: GAO Assessment of DOD Responsive Launch Report
GAO-16-156R: Published: Oct 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 2015.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) June 2015 report generally addresses four of the five elements called for in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014 (Pub. L. No. 113-66, 915 (2013)), including descriptions of existing and past operationally responsive launch efforts ("responsive launch" refers to the ability to launch space assets to their intended orbits as the need...