Defense cost control (81 - 90 of 102 items)
Acquisition: DOD's Defense Acquisition Improvement Program: A Status Report
NSIAD-86-148: Published: Jul 23, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) implementation of the Defense Acquisition Improvement Program to provide an overview of the status and results DOD has achieved since it focused high-level management attention on program initiatives.GAO found that, although the initiatives have not fully achieved the intended results, there have been improvements...
DOD Tempest Protection: Better Evaluations Needed To Determine Required Countermeasures
NSIAD-86-132: Published: Jun 27, 1986. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) and military services' adherence to national TEMPEST policy. TEMPEST refers to technical investigations and studies of compromising emanations from electronic data processing equipment. National security policy requires federal agencies to protect classified information from such emanations.GAO found that: (1) TEMP...
Sergeant York: Concerns About the Army's Accelerated Acquisition Strategy
NSIAD-86-89: Published: May 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the Army's unique accelerated acquisition strategy for the Sergeant York weapon and its suitability for use in future programs; (2) the protection against cost growth offered in the warranty contract's provision, particularly regarding technical performance problems; and (3) the weapon's achievements in specific areas during tes...
Government Equipment: Defense Should Further Reduce the Amount It Furnishes to Contractors
NSIAD-86-109: Published: Jun 19, 1986. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 1986.
GAO studied the progress the Department of Defense (DOD) has made in implementing its policy of minimizing the amount of government-furnished equipment (GFE) it provides to contractors.GAO found that at the end of fiscal year 1984, contractors had over $8.4 billion of GFE in their possession, but noted that its estimate might not be accurate because DOD and the services did not know how much GFE c...
Contract Pricing: Obligations Exceed Definitized Prices on Unpriced Contracts
NSIAD-86-128: Published: May 2, 1986. Publicly Released: May 19, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) use of unpriced contracts to determine if contracting officers were using them properly and pricing them on time.Unpriced contracts authorize contractors to start work and incur costs before final agreement on terms and conditions, including price. DOD establishes a ceiling price for these contracts that limits the...
Nonrecurring Costs: Improvements Needed in DOD Cost Recovery Efforts
NSIAD-86-95: Published: Apr 18, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1986.
GAO reviewed Department of Defense (DOD) efforts to recover nonrecurring costs of major defense equipment sold abroad and reported on: (1) problems with the current pro rata system of cost recovery; and (2) an alternative flat rate method for improving cost recovery.The Arms Export Control Act requires DOD to charge major defense equipment buyers a proportionate share of nonrecurring research, dev...
Management Review: Progress and Challenges at the Defense Logistics Agency
NSIAD-86-64: Published: Apr 7, 1986. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1986.
GAO reviewed the Defense Logistics Agency's (DLA) management functions in order to: (1) examine its mission, resources, organization, policies, and management objectives, and the various mechanisms it uses to direct, control, and evaluate its operations; (2) identify problems DLA experienced in carrying out some of its major activities; (3) determine how DLA responded to these challenges; and (4)...
ADP Systems: Concerns About the Acquisition Plan for DOD's Composite Health Care System
IMTEC-86-12: Published: Mar 31, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1986.
As required by the Department of Defense (DOD) Authorization Act of 1986, GAO evaluated the DOD methodology and acquisition strategy for selecting and awarding Composite Health Care System (CHCS) contracts.GAO found that, although DOD has implemented a sound methodology for selecting first-stage vendors to compete for CHCS contracts, there are other aspects of its acquisition strategy that could l...
Support Services: Actions To Gain Management Control Over DOD's Contract Support Services
NSIAD-86-8: Published: Nov 22, 1985. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of Defense's (DOD) contract support services (CSS) practices and cost trends for federal contract research centers for fiscal years (FY) 1984 through 1987.GAO found that it has been difficult for Congress and DOD to gain control of CSS expenditures because: (1) no uniform definition exists for what constitutes a CSS expenditure; (2)...
DOD Making Progress in Identifying and Marketing Obsolete Repair Parts
NSIAD-85-47: Published: Feb 21, 1985. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 1985.
In a follow-up review of obsolete items held in Department of Defense (DOD) inventories, GAO: (1) determined if DOD is still maintaining large inventories of obsolete repair parts; and (2) reviewed actions taken to offer these repair parts for sale to foreign governments.GAO found that aggressive actions by the military services to identify and initiate system support buy-outs through Foreign Mili...