Acquisition (21 - 30 of 129 items)
Defense Acquisitions: Progress Made in Fielding Missile Defense, but Program Is Short of Meeting Goals
GAO-08-448: Published: Mar 14, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2008.
By law, GAO annually assesses the Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) progress in developing and fielding a Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). Funded at $8 billion to nearly $10 billion per year, it is the largest research and development program in the Department of Defense (DOD). The program has been managed in 2-year increments, known as blocks. Block 2006, the second BMDS block, was completed...
Defense Trade: State Department Needs to Conduct Assessments to Identify and Address Inefficiencies and Challenges in the Arms Export Process
GAO-08-89: Published: Nov 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 3, 2008.
To regulate the export of billions of dollars worth of arms to foreign governments and companies, the Department of State's (State) Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) reviews and authorizes export licenses and other arms export cases. While such reviews require time to consider national security and foreign policy interests, the U.S. defense industry and some foreign government purchaser...
Defense Acquisitions: Status of the Expeditionary Fire Support System
GAO-08-331R: Published: Dec 21, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 26, 2007.
The United States Marine Corps and the Special Operations Command determined in 1999 that there was a need for a weapon system that could be carried inside the V-22 Osprey and deployed to support assault operations. The Expeditionary Fire Support System (EFSS), which consists of a vehicle that tows a 120 mm mortar and another vehicle that tows an ammunition trailer, is one of the systems now being...
Defense Contracting: Improved Insight and Controls Needed over DOD's Time-and-Materials Contracts
GAO-07-273: Published: Jun 29, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2007.
Under time-and-materials contracts, payments to contractors are made based on the number of labor hours billed at hourly rates and, if applicable, other direct costs. Because of the risk they pose to the government, their use is supposed to be limited to cases where no other contract type is suitable. GAO was asked to identify trends in the Department of Defense's (DOD) obligations under time-and-...
Defense Acquisitions: An Analysis of the Special Operations Command's Management of Weapon System Programs
GAO-07-620: Published: Jun 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2007.
Special Operations Command's (SOCOM) duties have greatly increased since the attacks of September 11, 2001. Today, Special Operations Forces are at work in Afghanistan and Iraq, and SOCOM has been assigned to lead U.S. efforts in the Global War on Terrorism. SOCOM's acquisitions budget has also greatly increased in this period--more than doubling from $788 million in 2001 to approximately $1.91 bi...
Defense Contracting: Use of Undefinitized Contract Actions Understated and Definitization Time Frames Often Not Met
GAO-07-559: Published: Jun 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 2007.
To meet urgent needs, the Department of Defense (DOD) can issue undefinitized contract actions (UCA), which authorize contractors to begin work before reaching a final agreement on contract terms. The contractor has little incentive to control costs during this period, creating a potential for wasted taxpayer dollars. Pursuant to the House of Representatives report on the National Defense Authoriz...
Defense Acquisitions: Success of Advanced SEAL Delivery System Hinges on Establishing a Sound Contracting Strategy and Performance Criteria
GAO-07-745: Published: May 24, 2007. Publicly Released: May 24, 2007.
The Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) is a hybrid combatant submersible providing clandestine delivery and extraction of Navy SEALs and equipment in high-threat environments. The first ASDS has had significant performance issues and has cost, to date, over $885 million. In May 2006, Congress requested that GAO review ASDS. This report examines (1) how the Navy managed ASDS risks through its con...
Defense Acquisitions: Improved Management and Oversight Needed to Better Control DOD's Acquisition of Services
GAO-07-832T: Published: May 10, 2007. Publicly Released: May 10, 2007.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is relying more and more on contractors to provide billions of dollars in services. Congress has pushed DOD to employ sound business practices when using the private sector for services. This testimony discusses DOD's (1) increasing reliance on contractors; (2) efforts to follow sound business practices when acquiring services; and (3) actions to improve its managem...
Defense Acquisitions: Status and Challenges of Joint Forces Command's Limited Acquisition Authority
GAO-07-546: Published: Apr 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2007.
Over 3 years ago, Congress granted limited acquisition authority (LAA)--subject to delegation by the Secretary of Defense--to U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) for a 3-year period to expedite development and acquisition of certain warfighter equipment. Congress directed GAO to report on JFCOM LAA implementation. GAO's report, issued in November 2005, said JFCOM finished five LAA projects and was w...
Defense Services Acquisition: Questions for the Record
GAO-07-640R: Published: Mar 26, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2007.
On January 17, 2007, GAO testified before Congress on the Department of Defense's (DOD) management of its acquisition of services. GAO made several key points during the hearing. First, DOD's long-standing problems with contract management have become more prominent as DOD's reliance on contractors to provide services continues to grow. Second, DOD lacks sound contracting practices when acquiring...