Program evaluation (71 - 80 of 128 items)
DOD Travel Improper Payments: Fiscal Year 2006 Reporting Was Incomplete and Planned Improvement Efforts Face Challenges
GAO-08-16: Published: Dec 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2007.
Fiscal year 2006 was the first year that the Department of Defense (DOD) reported improper payment information for its travel program under the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 (IPIA). For fiscal year 2006, DOD reported obligations of approximately $8.5 billion for travel. Congress mandated that GAO assess the reasons why DOD is not fully in compliance with IPIA related to travel expendit...
Military Base Realignments and Closures: Estimated Costs Have Increased and Estimated Savings Have Decreased
GAO-08-341T: Published: Dec 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2007.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is currently implementing recommendations from the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round, which is the fifth round undertaken by DOD since 1988. The 2005 round is, by GAO's assessment, the biggest, most complex, and costliest BRAC round ever, in part because, unlike previous rounds, the Secretary of Defense viewed the 2005 round as an opportunity not only t...
Military Base Realignments and Closures: Cost Estimates Have Increased and Are Likely to Continue to Evolve
GAO-08-159: Published: Dec 11, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2007.
The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round is the biggest, most complex, and costliest ever. DOD viewed this round as a unique opportunity to reshape its installations, realign forces to meet its needs for the next 20 years, and achieve savings. To realize savings, DOD must first invest billions of dollars in facility construction, renovation, and other up-front expenses to implement the B...
Defense Business Transformation: A Full-time Chief Management Officer with a Term Appointment Is Needed at DOD to Maintain Continuity of Effort and Achieve Sustainable Success
GAO-08-132T: Published: Oct 16, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 2007.
The Department of Defense (DOD) continues to face significant challenges in resolving its many long-standing business challenges. DOD is solely responsible for eight high-risk areas and shares responsibility for another seven governmentwide areas on GAO's high-risk list. GAO designated DOD's approach to business transformation as high risk in 2005 because (1) DOD's improvement efforts were fragmen...
Defense Acquisitions: Navy Faces Challenges Constructing the Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford within Budget
GAO-07-866: Published: Aug 23, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2007.
The Navy is investing over $3 billion to develop technologies for a new type of aircraft carrier--the Ford class--and it expects to spend almost $11 billion to design and construct the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)--the lead ship of the class. New technologies are to improve the carrier's performance and reduce crew size. The Navy requested authorization of CVN 78 in its fiscal year 2008 budget. GAO...
Human Capital: DOD Needs Better Internal Controls and Visibility over Costs for Implementing Its National Security Personnel System
GAO-07-851: Published: Jul 16, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2007.
Given a large-scale organizational change initiative, such as the Department of Defense's (DOD) National Security Personnel System (NSPS), is a substantial commitment that will take years to complete, it is important that DOD and Congress be kept informed of the full cost of implementing NSPS. Under the Comptroller General's authority to conduct evaluations on his own initiative, GAO analyzed the...
Defense Transportation: DOD Needs a Comprehensive Approach to Planning for Implementing Its New Personal Property Program
GAO-07-671: Published: May 31, 2007. Publicly Released: May 31, 2007.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has been working to improve its personal property program since the mid-1990s to fix long-standing problems, such as excessive loss or damage to servicemembers' property and poor quality of service from moving companies. DOD plans to replace its current program with Families First, a program that promises to offer servicemembers an improved claims process and qualit...
Business Systems Modernization: DOD Needs to Fully Define Policies and Procedures for Institutionally Managing Investments
GAO-07-538: Published: May 11, 2007. Publicly Released: May 11, 2007.
In 1995, GAO first designated the Department of Defense's (DOD) business systems modernization program as "high-risk," and continues to do so today. In 2004, Congress passed legislation reflecting prior GAO recommendations for DOD to adopt a corporate approach to information technology (IT) business system investment management. To support GAO's legislative mandate to review DOD's efforts, GAO ass...
Defense Management: High-Level Leadership Commitment and Actions Are Needed to Address Corrosion Issues
GAO-07-618: Published: Apr 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2007.
Corrosion can have a deleterious effect on military equipment and infrastructure in terms of cost, readiness, and safety. Recognizing this concern, the Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2003 required the Department of Defense (DOD) to designate an official or organization to oversee and coordinate efforts to prevent and mitigate corrosion. Recently, the National Defense A...
Defense Acquisitions: Missile Defense Needs a Better Balance between Flexibility and Accountability
GAO-07-727T: Published: Apr 11, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2007.
Over the next 5 years the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) expects to invest $49 billion in the Ballistic Missile Defense System's (BMDS) development and fielding. MDA's strategy is to field new capabilities in 2-year blocks. In January 2006, MDA initiated its second block--Block 2006--to protect against attacks from North Korea and the Middle East. Congress requires GAO to assess MDA's progress annua...