Appropriations (101 - 110 of 664 items)
Depot Maintenance: Management Attention Required to Further Improve Workload Allocation Data
GAO-02-95: Published: Nov 9, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 2001.
Federal law states that not more than 50 percent of annual depot maintenance funding can be used for work by private sector contractors. In an earlier report, GAO could not determine whether the Department of Defense (DOD) had complied with the 50-percent limitation. More recent GAO testimony highlighted continuing and pervasive weaknesses in DOD's financial management systems, operations, and con...
Chemical and Biological Defense: DOD Needs to Clarify Expectations in Medical Readiness
GAO-02-38: Published: Oct 19, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2001.
Public assessments by Department of Defense (DOD) officials have emphasized the seriousness of the military threat from chemical and biological (CB) weapons. However, neither DOD nor the services have systematically examined the adequacy of the current specialty mix of medical personnel for CB defense. Although some of the services have begun to review the adequacy of staffing of deployable medica...
Defense Health Care: Disability Programs Need Improvement and Face Challenges
GAO-02-73: Published: Oct 12, 2001. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 2001.
The military's health program--TRICARE--provides medical care to about 8.3 million active duty service members and retired beneficiaries and their dependents and survivors. The Department of Defense (DOD) also provides benefits for persons severely disabled by physical or mental problems through its Individual Case Management Program for Persons with Extraordinary Conditions (ICMP-PEC) and for les...
Army Management: Need to Reassess Risk and Resources for Inspecting Ceremonial Rifles
GAO-01-967: Published: Sep 28, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2001.
Since the 1920s, the Army's Ceremonial Rifle Program has lent obsolete or condemned rifles to veterans' organizations for funerals and other ceremonies. The M-1 is the only rifle currently authorized for this purpose. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 authorized the Secretary of the Army to conditionally loan or donate M-1 rifles and required that GAO review and report on...
DOD Systems Modernization: Continued Investment in the Standard Procurement System Has Not Been Justified
GAO-01-682: Published: Jul 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 2001.
This report reviews the Department of Defense's (DOD) ability to contract for goods and services by acquiring and implementing a standard procurement system (SPS). DOD's management of SPS is a lesson in how not to justify, make, and monitor the implementation of information technology investment decisions. Specifically, DOD has not (1) ensured that accountability and responsibility for measuring p...
U.S. Army's Procurements of Battle Effects Simulators
GAO-01-1113R: Published: Aug 29, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 2001.
The Army uses battle effects simulators on training ranges to help prepare its soldiers for realistic combat conditions. The simulators fire pyrotechnic cartridges that simulate the sound, smoke, and flash of shells being fired from or striking targets, such as armored vehicles. Concerns have been raised about the safety of the simulators now being used by the Army and the possibility that U.S. co...
Defense Management: Better Guidance Needed in Selecting Operating Methods for Name-Brand, Fast-Food Restaurants
GAO-01-683: Published: Aug 24, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 2001.
The military exchange services operate a wide range of retail activities, such as department stores, florist shops, barber and beauty shops, gas stations, and restaurants. Hamburger restaurants represent a major segment of the exchange services' name-brand, fast-food sales. The exchange services use either a direct or an indirect method to operate these restaurants. Under the direct method, the ex...
Chemical Weapons: FEMA and Army Must Be Proactive in Preparing States for Emergencies
GAO-01-850: Published: Aug 13, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 2001.
Millions of people who live and work near eight Army storage facilities containing 30,000 tons of chemical agents are at risk of exposure from a chemical accident. In 1988, the Army established the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) to assist 10 states with communities near these eight storage facilities. The Army and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) share the...
Military Personnel: Longer Time Between Moves Related to Higher Satisfaction and Retention
GAO-01-841: Published: Aug 3, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 2001.
About one-third of all military service members make permanent change of station (PCS) moves each year. These moves, which may involve the members' dependents and household goods, are a considerable cost to both the government and individual service members. Not all relocation and moving costs are covered by the government. Reimbursements are based on what property a member was authorized to move...
Military Transformation: Navy Efforts Should Be More Integrated and Focused
GAO-01-853: Published: Aug 2, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2001.
With the end of the Cold War, national security strategies changed to meet new global challenges. The Navy developed a new strategic direction in the early 1990s, shifting its primary focus from open ocean "blue water" operations to littoral, or shallow water, operations closer to shore. GAO found that although the Navy has recently placed more emphasis on transformation, it does not have a well-d...