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Military Readiness: DOD Needs to Incorporate Elements of a Strategic Management Planning Framework into Retrograde and Reset Guidance
GAO-16-414: Published: May 13, 2016. Publicly Released: May 13, 2016.
In its response to the requirements of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014, instead of developing new policies for retrograde and reset of operating forces used to support overseas contingency operations, the Department of Defense (DOD) relied on three existing guidance documents as its policy for retrograde and reset activities in support of overseas contingency ope...
Nuclear Security: Status of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Effort to Develop a Security Infrastructure Plan
GAO-16-447R: Published: May 13, 2016. Publicly Released: May 13, 2016.
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)--a semiautonomous agency within the Department of Energy (DOE)--has not completed a Security Infrastructure Plan as required by law but has plans to do so. Although NNSA has not yet completed this plan, it has recently begun to include some information on potential physical security infrastructure improvements in its current budget and planning d...
DOD Advertising: Better Coordination, Performance Measurement, and Oversight Needed to Help Meet Recruitment Goals
GAO-16-396: Published: May 12, 2016. Publicly Released: May 12, 2016.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has taken steps to coordinate some advertising activities among the military service components, but it has not developed a formal process for coordination. DOD conducts joint market research and service officials responsible for advertising at times share some information about lessons learned. However, there is no formal process for addressing inefficiencies and t...
Force Structure: Performance Measures Needed to Better Implement the Recommendations of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force
GAO-16-405: Published: May 6, 2016. Publicly Released: May 6, 2016.
As of February 2016, the Air Force had made limited progress in implementing the commission's recommendations—it had closed 6 recommendations and had taken action to revise its approach for managing implementation of the remaining 36 open recommendations. Air Force officials encountered challenges as they began implementing the commission's recommendations which the revised approach may address...
Military Readiness: Progress and Challenges in Implementing the Navy's Optimized Fleet Response Plan
GAO-16-466R: Published: May 2, 2016. Publicly Released: May 2, 2016.
GAO found that the majority of maintenance availabilities—or scheduled periods of ship maintenance and modernization—that were completed from fiscal years 2011 to 2014, prior to the implementation of OFRP, took more time than scheduled, thereby reducing the time during which ships were available for training and operations. Additionally, the Navy continues to experience delays on maintenance b...
Defense Health Care: DOD Is Meeting Most Mental Health Care Access Standards, but It Needs a Standard for Follow-up Appointments
GAO-16-416: Published: Apr 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) Military Health System (MHS) makes a variety of inpatient and outpatient mental health care available to active duty servicemembers and activated National Guard and Reserve servicemembers (reservists) domestically and overseas through its TRICARE health care system. The type of care includes psychological testing and assessment, psychotherapy, medication managemen...
Missile Defense: Ballistic Missile Defense System Testing Delays Affect Delivery of Capabilities
GAO-16-339R: Published: Apr 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016.
GAO found that while the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully conducted key flight and ground tests for the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) in fiscal year 2015, it did not achieve its testing goals, which increases the risk for future testing delays. Specifically, MDA conducted 11 out of 20 flight tests, including key flight tests to deliver its European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA...
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Development of New Capabilities Requires Continued Oversight
GAO-16-634T: Published: Apr 26, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2016.
Although the estimated F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) program acquisition costs have decreased since 2014, the program continues to face significant affordability challenges. The Department of Defense (DOD) plans to begin increasing production and expects to spend more than $14 billion annually for nearly a decade on procurement of F-35 aircraft. Currently, the program has around 20 percent of d...
Elections: DOD Needs More Comprehensive Planning to Address Military and Overseas Absentee Voting Challenges
GAO-16-378: Published: Apr 20, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2016.
The Department of Defense (DOD), through its Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), has taken steps to identify challenges and needed improvements to its military and overseas absentee voting assistance efforts. However, two long-standing issues—limited awareness of resources for voters and the unpredictable postal delivery of absentee ballots—continue to pose challenges. DOD-commissioned s...
High-Containment Laboratories: Comprehensive and Up-to-Date Policies and Stronger Oversight Mechanisms Needed to Improve Safety
GAO-16-305: Published: Mar 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2016.
Most of the 8 departments and 15 agencies that GAO reviewed had policies that were not comprehensive, and some departments and agencies had policies that were not up to date. Specifically, policies at 5 departments and 9 agencies were not comprehensive because they did not contain all six elements that GAO identified as key for managing biological agents in high-containment laboratories. These ele...