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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...
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...
Defense Civil Support: DOD, HHS, and DHS Should Use Existing Coordination Mechanisms to Improve Their Pandemic Preparedness
GAO-17-150: Published: Feb 10, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2017.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has developed guidance and plans to direct its efforts to provide assistance in support of civil authorities—in particular the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security (DHS)—in the event of a domestic outbreak of a pandemic disease. For example, the Department of Defense Global Campaign Plan for Pandemic Influenza and Infectious Dise...
DOD Financial Management: Significant Efforts Still Needed for Remediating Audit Readiness Deficiencies
GAO-17-85: Published: Feb 9, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 2017.
The Schedules of Budgetary Activity (Budgetary Schedules) for the Army, Navy, and Air Force for fiscal year 2015 reflected current year budget activity as an interim step toward producing an auditable Statement of Budgetary Resources that will reflect multiyear budget activity. All three of the independent public accountants (IPA) contracted to audit these fiscal year 2015 Budgetary Schedules issu...
Depot Maintenance: Executed Workload and Maintenance Operations at DOD Depots
GAO-17-82R: Published: Feb 3, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2017.
From fiscal year 2012 through 2015, the workload executed across the military services’ depots fluctuated. For all four military services, the greatest decrease in depot maintenance workload occurred in fiscal year 2013, which officials attributed to sequestration. Specifically, in response to reduced funding levels, some military services deferred depot maintenance that had been planned for fis...
Military Compensation: Additional Actions Are Needed to Better Manage Special and Incentive Pay Programs
GAO-17-39: Published: Feb 3, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2017.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) special and incentive (S&I) pay obligations for active duty servicemembers decreased from fiscal years 2005 through 2015 from $5.8 billion to $3.4 billion (about 42 percent) in constant 2015 dollars (see fig.). DOD officials attributed the decrease to a combination of reduced overseas contingency operations, a reduced annual average strength of the force, and a fa...