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Defense Acquisition Workforce: DOD Has Opportunities to Further Enhance Use and Management of Development Fund
GAO-17-332: Published: Mar 28, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2017.
Since 2008, DOD has obligated over $3.5 billion through a dedicated fund to help recruit and train its acquisition workforce—the people responsible for buying $250 billion in goods and services each year. We previously reported that delays in using this fund have led to large amounts of money being carried over from year to year. We found that DOD, with some help from Congress, improved the tim...
Defense Acquisition Workforce: Actions Needed to Guide Planning Efforts and Improve Workforce Capability
GAO-16-80: Published: Dec 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has increased the size of its acquisition workforce from about 126,000 in September 2008 to about 153,000 in March 2015. The growth was accomplished by hiring additional civilian personnel, insourcing work previously performed by contractors, adding more military personnel, and re-categorizing existing positions. However, 6 of the 13 acquisition career fields, inclu...
Contractor Performance: DOD Actions to Improve the Reporting of Past Performance Information
GAO-13-589: Published: Jun 27, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2013.
The Department of Defense (DOD) strategy for improving the reporting of contractor past performance information consists of providing additional training to its acquisition workforce and developing tools and metrics to improve oversight. The number of personnel trained more than doubled since 2010 to more than 7,000, and DOD oversight officials now have the ability to track compliance with reporti...
Iraq and Afghanistan: State and DOD Should Ensure Interagency Acquisitions Are Effectively Managed and Comply with Fiscal Law
GAO-12-750: Published: Aug 2, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2012.
To help the Department of State (State) meet its requirements for critical goods and services in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Defense (DOD) supported State on 22 acquisitions. On State's behalf, DOD awarded and manages 20 acquisitions, known as assisted interagency acquisitions, under the authority of the Economy Act with an estimated value of almost $1 billion for basic support goods a...
Acquisition Workforce: DOD's Efforts to Rebuild Capacity Have Shown Some Progress
GAO-12-232T: Published: Nov 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2011.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is the government's largest buying entity and has recognized that rebuilding the acquisition workforce is a strategic priority. The federal government's current budget and long-term fiscal pressures underscore the importance of a capable and well-functioning workforce. GAO and others have long recognized that the size and capabilities of the workforce across the gov...
Defense Acquisition Workforce: Better Identification, Development, and Oversight Needed for Personnel Involved in Acquiring Services
GAO-11-892: Published: Sep 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2011.
In fiscal year 2010, more than half of the $367 billion dollars the Department of Defense (DOD) spent on contracts was spent on services. Buying services is fundamentally different than buying weapon systems, yet most acquisition regulations, policies, processes, and training remain structured for acquiring weapon systems. Over the last decade, reports from GAO, DOD, and Congress have raised issue...
DOD Civilian Personnel: Competency Gap Analyses and Other Actions Needed to Enhance DOD's Strategic Workforce Plans
GAO-11-827T: Published: Jul 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2011.
Since 2001, strategic human capital management for federal agencies has been on GAO's high-risk list. Although some progress has been made, GAO reported in February 2011 that the area remains on the high-risk list because of the need for agencies, including DOD, to address current and emerging skill gaps that are undermining their ability to fulfill their missions. The Department of Defense (DOD)...
Department of Defense: Additional Actions and Data Are Needed to Effectively Manage and Oversee DOD's Acquisition Workforce
GAO-09-342: Published: Mar 25, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2009.
Since 2001, the Department of Defense's (DOD) spending on goods and services has more than doubled to $388 billion in 2008, while the number of civilian and military acquisition personnel has remained relatively stable. To augment its in-house workforce, DOD relies heavily on contractor personnel. If it does not maintain an adequate workforce, DOD places its billion-dollar acquisitions at an incre...
Defense Acquisitions: DOD Needs to Establish an Implementing Directive to Publish Information and Take Actions to Improve DOD Information on Critical Acquisition Positions
GAO-06-987R: Published: Sep 8, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2006.
During the course of our work for Congress examining the space acquisition workforce, we learned that the Department of Defense (DOD) may not be periodically publishing a list of designated critical acquisition positions as required by statute. We are bringing this matter to your attention not only because it is a requirement to publish this data, but because having it is critical to effectively m...
Defense Acquisition Organizations: Status of Workforce Reductions
NSIAD-98-161: Published: Jun 29, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) acquisition workforce reductions, focusing on: (1) DOD's progress in reducing its workforce in acquisition organizations by 25 percent; (2) the potential savings associated with these personnel reductions; (3) the status of DOD efforts to redefine its acquisition workforce; and (4) DOD's efforts to consolidate and...