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Space Acquisitions: GAO Assessment of DOD Responsive Launch Report
GAO-16-156R: Published: Oct 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 2015.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) June 2015 report generally addresses four of the five elements called for in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014 (Pub. L. No. 113-66, 915 (2013)), including descriptions of existing and past operationally responsive launch efforts ("responsive launch" refers to the ability to launch space assets to their intended orbits as the need a...
Amphibious Combat Vehicle: Some Acquisition Activities Demonstrate Best Practices; Attainment of Amphibious Capability to be Determined
GAO-16-22: Published: Oct 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2015.
Most of the current activities of the U.S. Marine Corps' Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) program have demonstrated the use of best practices, but plans for an accelerated acquisition schedule pose potential risks. As the program approaches the start of engineering and manufacturing development, it is seeking to rely on mature technologies that have been demonstrated to work in their intended envir...
Defense Additive Manufacturing: DOD Needs to Systematically Track Department-wide 3D Printing Efforts
GAO-16-56: Published: Oct 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2015.
GAO determined that the Department of Defense's (DOD) May 2014 additive manufacturing briefing for the Senate Armed Services Committee addressed the three directed elementsâ€”namely, potential benefits and constraints; potential contributions to DOD mission; and transition of the technologies of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (â€śAmerica Makes,â€ť a public-private partner...
Ford Class Aircraft Carrier: Poor Outcomes Are the Predictable Consequences of the Prevalent Acquisition Culture
GAO-16-84T: Published: Oct 1, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2015.
The Ford-class aircraft carrier's lead ship began construction with an unrealistic business case. A sound business case balances the necessary resources and knowledge needed to transform a chosen concept into a product. Yet in 2007, GAO found that CVN 78 costs were underestimated and critical technologies were immatureâ€”key risks that would impair delivering CVN 78 at cost, on-time, and with its...
Tricare Pharmacy Pilot: Improved Monitoring Needed with Expansion of Pilot Requirements
GAO-15-768: Published: Sep 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2015.
For covered brand maintenance medicationsâ€”those medications that are taken on a regular and recurring basisâ€”the Department of Defense (DOD) has not fully monitored availability or the timeliness and accuracy of prescriptions filled for the TRICARE for Life Pharmacy Pilot. Specifically, GAO found that for themail-order program: DOD has monitored the availability of medications. It has also esta...
Military Compensation: DOD Needs More Complete and Consistent Data to Assess the Costs and Policies of Relocating Personnel
GAO-15-713: Published: Sep 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has experienced an overall increase in Permanent Change of Station (PCS) per-move costs since 2001. GAO's analysis of DOD budget data shows that average PCS per-move costs, after accounting for inflation, increased by 28 percent from fiscal years 2001 to 2014. However, GAO's review of the services' annual budget materials found that the services have not reported co...
Defense Contracts: DOD's Requests for Information from Contractors to Assess Prices
GAO-15-680: Published: Aug 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is taking several steps to develop guidance and training related to determining the reasonableness of prices. First, DOD issued a policy memo to provide guidance to contracting officers on the determination of price reasonableness for commercial items. Second, DOD plans to revise the Department of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and provide...
Federal Supply Schedules: More Attention Needed to Competition and Prices
GAO-15-590: Published: Jul 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 2015.
According to the General Services Administration (GSA), total sales through the Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) program in fiscal year 2014 were $33.1 billion. This includes purchases by federal, state, and local agencies, including federal intelligence agencies which do not report their FSS spending publicly. GAO's analysis of publicly reported federal procurement data shows that federal use of th...
Defense Satellite Communications: DOD Needs Additional Information to Improve Procurements
GAO-15-459: Published: Jul 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2015.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) procurement of commercial satellite communications (SATCOM), or bandwidth, is fragmented and inefficient. Historically, commercial SATCOM was used to augment military capability, but DOD has become increasingly reliant on commercial SATCOM to support ongoing U.S. military operations. DOD policy requires all of its components to procure commercial SATCOM through th...
DOE Project Management: NNSA Should Ensure Equal Consideration of Alternatives for Lithium Production
GAO-15-525: Published: Jul 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 2015.
The National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) has identified various challenges in its lithium production strategy that may impact its ability to meet demand for lithium in the future, as well as actions that may mitigate these challenges. These challenges pertain to three key areas. First, NNSA may not have a sufficient supply of lithium material for defense program requirements. NNSA off...