Appropriations (111 - 120 of 664 items)
Canceled DOD Appropriations: $615 Million of Illegal or Otherwise Improper Adjustments
GAO-01-697: Published: Jul 26, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2001.
This report reviews the Department of Defense's (DOD) handling of appropriated funds from expired appropriation accounts. In 1990, Congress changed the law governing the use of appropriation accounts because it concluded that controls over them were not working. Without adequate controls, Congress was concerned that agencies could disburse money in amounts and for purposes that it had not approved...
Contract Management: Benefits of the DOD Mentor-Protege Program Are Not Conclusive
GAO-01-767: Published: Jul 19, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2001.
Congress authorized the Pilot Mentor Protege Program to boost the participation of small disadvantaged businesses as subcontractors and suppliers under Department of Defense (DOD) contracts. The program provides incentives for major defense contractors (mentors) to assist small disadvantaged businesses (proteges) in strengthening their ability to compete for work. However, DOD has been criticized...
Military Readiness: Management Focus Needed on Airfields for Overseas Deployments
GAO-01-566: Published: Jun 14, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2001.
The National Military Strategy calls for the Department of Defense (DOD) to maintain the transportation capability to quickly move the large amounts of personnel and equipment needed to win two nearly simultaneous major theater wars anywhere in the world. To provide this mobility, DOD relies on a transportation system--the En Route System (ERS)--that includes an airlift fleet of cargo aircraft and...
Defense Acquisition: Comanche Program Objectives Need to Be Revised to More Achievable Levels
GAO-01-450: Published: Jun 7, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2001.
As of August 1, 1999, the Army's Comanche helicopter program faced significant risks related to cost overruns, scheduling delays, and degraded performance. GAO concluded that proceeding to the next development phase with high levels of uncertainty was not in accordance with best practices followed by successful commercial firms. This report evaluates changes since 1999 in the Comanche's cost, sche...
Defense Inventory: Approach for Deciding Whether to Retain or Dispose of Items Needs Improvement
GAO-01-475: Published: May 25, 2001. Publicly Released: May 25, 2001.
As of September 1999, the Department of Defense (DOD) reported that it owned secondary inventory worth about $64 billion and that $9.4 billion of that inventory is more economical to retain than to dispose of and possibly repurchase later. This report focuses on whether DOD's economic retention decisions are sound. GAO found that military components (other than the Air Force) have developed models...
Land Mine Detection: DOD's Research Program Needs a Comprehensive Evaluation Strategy
GAO-01-239: Published: Apr 17, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2001.
Recent U.S. military operations have shown that land mines continue to pose a significant threat to U.S. forces. U.S. land mine detection capabilities are limited and largely unchanged since the Second World War. Improving the Department of Defense's (DOD) land mine detection capability is a technological challenge This report reviews DOD's strategy for identifying the most promising land mine det...
Army Training: Improvements Are Needed in 5-Ton Truck Driver Training and Supervision
GAO-01-436: Published: Apr 11, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2001.
Instructor shortages are affecting the quality and quantity of Army truck driver training. Fort Leonard Wood, which trains about 90 percent of truck drivers, is especially affected by the instructor shortage. The result is that student drivers are not fully trained in all aspects of the instruction program when they graduate. If formal schools had enough instructors, they would presumably be able...
Best Practices: DOD Teaming Practices Not Achieving Potential Results
GAO-01-510: Published: Apr 10, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2001.
GAO examined how best practices could help the Department of Defense (DOD) maximize the benefits of integrated product teams in its development of weapon systems. GAO conducted eight case studies--three from leading commercial firms; four from DOD programs experiencing cost, schedule, and performance problems; and one from a DOD program that has been meeting its objectives. GAO found that effectiv...
Defense Infrastructure: Military Services Lack Reliable Data on Historic Properties
GAO-01-437: Published: Apr 6, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2001.
Available information indicates that the Defense Department lacks an accurate inventory of historic properties. The inventory of historic military properties should include all properties that are listed on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. A complete inventory would ensure that the services are properly recording real property transactions, ensure the accuracy of reporting...
Military Personnel: Actions Needed to Achieve Greater Results From Air Force Family Need Assessments
GAO-01-80: Published: Mar 8, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2001.
To help military families adapt and function effectively in military life, the Department of Defense (DOD) funds a wide variety of personnel and family support programs. These programs use a combination of direct assistance and information and referral to help with crises, deployments, moves, child care, personal financial management, parenting, and transition out of the service. To efficiently di...