Defense procurement (81 - 90 of 110 items)
Contract Pricing: Contractors Should Provide Historical Vendor Prices to DOD
NSIAD-89-68: Published: Feb 15, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) policies for estimating material costs for fixed-price noncompetitive contracts valued at $10 million or more, to determine whether the contractors provided accurate and reliable material estimates.GAO found that: (1) contractors often estimated material purchases of less than $1 million based on vendor quotatio...
Federal Catalog System: Continuing Item Identification Problems
NSIAD-88-121: Published: May 5, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed the nature and extent of deficiencies in the Department of Defense's (DOD) Federal Catalog System.GAO found that: (1) the system fell short of its mandate of ensuring unique identifiers for federal supply items; (2) 30 percent of all cataloged items did not have approved names, while another 29 percent lacked descriptive data; (3) numerous items...
DOD Inflation: Budgeting and Monitoring Inflation Funding in the Department of Defense
NSIAD-88-79: Published: Apr 26, 1988. Publicly Released: May 26, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense (DOD) budgeting procedures to determine the feasibility of: (1) budgeting separately for inflation; (2) restricting the use of inflation funds specifically for inflation costs; (3) requiring that funds appropriated for inflation, but not spent, lapse at the end of the fiscal year; and (4) providing inflation estimates for...
Electronic Warfare: Multiple Developments of Costly Threat Simulators
NSIAD-88-93: Published: Feb 1, 1988. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1988.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) simulator program, specifically the: (1) need for the armed services to avoid paying for the development of duplicate simulators; and (2) acquisition of simulators which misrepresent Soviet threat systems.GAO found that: (1) the armed services are paying for multiple development of simulators for emitter-receiver processors (ERP) and emitters; (2) tot...
Contract Pricing: Defense Contractor Cost Estimating Systems
NSIAD-87-140: Published: Jun 3, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1987.
GAO reviewed defense contractors' estimating systems to determine whether they produced accurate and reliable materiel cost estimates.GAO found that: (1) contractors were not providing Department of Defense (DOD) contracting officers with reliable materiel cost estimates; (2) contracting officers rely extensively on contractor estimates in awarding noncompetitive contracts; (3) current procurement...
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...
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...
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...
Design and Operation of Special Defense Acquisition Fund Can Be Improved
NSIAD-85-18: Published: Jan 15, 1985. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the management of Special Defense Acquisition Fund (SDAF) resources to: (1) determine whether SDAF has been meeting its objective of decreasing the delivery time needed to provide defense articles to foreign recipients under the Foreign Military Sales program; and (2) identify management and legislative policy issues that need to be addressed.GA...