Program evaluation (11 - 20 of 173 items)
Missile Defense: Cost Estimating Practices Have Improved, and Continued Evaluation Will Determine Effectiveness
GAO-15-210R: Published: Dec 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014.
The Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has taken steps in-line with GAO best practices to improve its cost estimating practices including:releasing an internal cost estimating handbook,performing internal cost reviews,assembling an independent cost assessment team, andreceiving independent cost estimates from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Cost Assessment and Program...
DOD Business Systems Modernization: Additional Enhancements Are Needed for Army Business System Schedule and Cost Estimates to Fully Meet Best Practices
GAO-14-470: Published: Sep 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2014.
The Army made some improvements to its schedule and cost estimates that supported the December 2012 full deployment decision for the Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army); however, the schedule and cost estimates did not fully meet best practices. GAO found that the schedule substantially met the credibility and control characteristics for developing a high-quality and reliable schedule. F...
Nuclear Weapons: Some Actions Have Been Taken to Address Challenges with the Uranium Processing Facility Design
GAO-15-126: Published: Oct 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 10, 2014.
In January 2013, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) completed a review to identify the factors that contributed to the space/fit issue with the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF), and identified a number of factors within both NNSA and the contractor managing the UPF design at that time. NNSA's review identified shortcomings in 1) federal oversight of the project, 2) design integra...
F-35 Sustainment: Need for Affordable Strategy, Greater Attention to Risks, and Improved Cost Estimates
GAO-14-778: Published: Sep 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) currently has or is developing several plans and analyses that will make up its overall F-35 sustainment strategy, which is expected to be complete in fiscal year 2019. The annual F-35 operating and support (O&S) costs are estimated to be considerably higher than the combined annual costs of several legacy aircraft (see fig.). DOD has begun some cost-savings efforts...
Defense Infrastructure: Army Has a Process to Manage Litigation Costs for the Military Housing Privatization Initiative
GAO-14-327: Published: Apr 3, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 2014.
The Army has a standard process to manage litigation costs of its Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) projects that are not accounted for in the annual budget process. Army officials indicated that there is one case between four Army MHPI projects and Pinnacle Property Management (Pinnacle) that met the dollar threshold criteria and that would have been approved through this process....
Space Acquisitions: Acquisition Management Continues to Improve but Challenges Persist for Current and Future Programs
GAO-14-382T: Published: Mar 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 2014.
Most of the Department of Defense's (DOD) major satellite acquisition programs are in later stages of acquisition, with the initial satellites having been designed, produced, and launched into orbit while additional satellites of the same design are being produced. A few other major space programs, however, have recently experienced setbacks. For example: the Missile Defense Agency's Precision Tra...
Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise: NNSA's Budget Estimates Do Not Fully Align with Plans
GAO-14-45: Published: Dec 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2013.
The National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) total budget estimates for modernizing the nuclear security enterprise for fiscal years 2014 through 2031 have increased by about $19 billion overall when compared with the estimates in the agency's fiscal year 2012 budget materials, with most of the increase occurring in fiscal year 2019 and beyond. Factors such as sequestration, the achievabi...
Department of Defense's Waiver of Competitive Prototyping Requirement for Combat Rescue Helicopter Program
GAO-13-313R: Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2013.
DOD's rationale for waiving WSARA's competitive prototyping requirement for CRH addresses one of the two bases provided in the statute; namely that the cost of producing competitive prototypes exceeds the expected life-cycle benefits (in constant dollars) of producing the prototypes. The CRH program's acquisition strategy, which anticipates integrating an existing, in-production and flight-proven...
Fighter Aircraft: Better Cost Estimates Needed for Extending the Service Life of Selected F-16s and F/A-18s
GAO-13-51: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
The Air Force plans to upgrade and extend the service life of 300 F-16 aircraft and the Navy 150 F/A-18 aircraft, at a combined cost estimated at almost $5 billion in fiscal year 2013 dollars.The Air Force plans to extend the service life of selected F-16s by 2,000 flying hours each as well as install capability upgrades such as an improved radar. The Air Force estimates that it will complete this...
Defense Acquisitions: Future Ground-Based Vehicles and Network Initiatives Face Development and Funding Challenges
GAO-12-181T: Published: Oct 26, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2011.
After the Army canceled the Future Combat System in June of 2009, it began developing modernization plans, including developing a new Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) and additional network capability. At the same time, the Army was considering options on how to improve its light tactical vehicles. This statement addresses potential issues related to developing (1) the new GCV, (2) a common information...