Department of Defense contractors (61 - 70 of 168 items)
Contract Management: Proteges Value DOD's Mentor-Protege Program, but Annual Reporting to Congress Needs Improvement
GAO-07-151: Published: Jan 31, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2007.
Congress authorized the Mentor-Protege Program to boost the participation of small disadvantaged businesses as subcontractors and suppliers under Department of Defense (DOD) and other contracts. The program provides incentives to major defense contractors (mentors) to help small disadvantaged businesses (proteges) strengthen their ability to compete for contracts. GAO administered a Web-based surv...
Defense Acquisitions: DOD Needs to Exert Management and Oversight to Better Control Acquisition of Services
GAO-07-359T: Published: Jan 17, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2007.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is relying more and more on contractors to provide billions of dollars in services. Congress has been concerned about DOD's ability to prudently manage these funds, and this subcommittee in particular has pushed DOD to employ sound business practices when using the private sector for services. Nevertheless, DOD may not have always obtained good value while spending...
Defense Contracting: Questions for the Record
GAO-07-217R: Published: Dec 21, 2006. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2006.
On September 7, 2006, GAO testified before the Subcommittee on Defense, Committee on Appropriations, on recent trends in Department of Defense (DOD) contracting. Specifically, GAO testified about practices that undermine DOD's ability to establish sound business arrangements, particularly those involving the selection and oversight of DOD's contractors and their performance. This correspondence re...
Depot Maintenance: Actions Needed to Provide More Consistent Funding Allocation Data to Congress
GAO-07-126: Published: Nov 30, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2006.
Under 10 U.S.C. 2466, the military departments and defense agencies may use no more than 50 percent of annual depot maintenance funding for work performed by private-sector contractors. The Department of Defense (DOD) must submit a report to Congress annually on the allocation of depot maintenance funding between the public and private sectors for the preceding fiscal year and projected distributi...
Defense Acquisitions: Tailored Approach Needed to Improve Service Acquisition Outcomes
GAO-07-20: Published: Nov 9, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 2006.
Department of Defense (DOD) obligations for service contracts rose from $82.3 billion in fiscal year 1996 to $141.2 billion in fiscal year 2005. DOD is becoming increasingly more reliant on the private sector to provide a wide range of services, including those for critical information technology and mission support. DOD must maximize its return on investment and provide the warfighter with needed...
Defense Acquisitions: DOD Wastes Billions of Dollars through Poorly Structured Incentives
GAO-06-409T: Published: Apr 5, 2006. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2006.
With DOD spending over $200 billion annually to acquire products and services that include everything from spare parts to the development of major weapon systems, our numerous, large, and mounting fiscal challenges demand that DOD maximize its return on investment and provide the warfighter with needed capabilities at the best value for the taxpayer. In an effort to encourage defense contractors t...
Highlights of a GAO Forum: Managing the Supplier Base in the 21st Century
GAO-06-533SP: Published: Mar 31, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2006.
The Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies face challenges to maintain suppliers capable of meeting current and future mission requirements. Changing security threats, rapidly evolving science and technology, and budget imbalances have created an uncertain acquisition environment. As DOD, Department of Homeland Security, and others seek to fundamentally transform operations, they a...
Defense Acquisitions: DOD Has Paid Billions in Award and Incentive Fees Regardless of Acquisition Outcomes
GAO-06-66: Published: Dec 19, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2005.
Collectively, the Department of Defense (DOD) gives its contractors the opportunity to earn billions of dollars through monetary incentives--known as award fees and incentive fees. These fees are intended to motivate excellent contractor performance in areas deemed critical to an acquisition program's success, with award fees being appropriate when contracting and program officials cannot devise o...
Defense Health Care: Implementation Issues for New TRICARE Contracts and Regional Structure
GAO-05-773: Published: Jul 27, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2005.
The Department of Defense (DOD) provides health care through TRICARE--a regionally structured program that uses civilian contractors to maintain provider networks to complement health care provided at military treatment facilities (MTF). In 2004, DOD implemented extensive changes to its TRICARE contracts and regional structure. A committee report accompanying the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense...
Interagency Contracting: Problems with DOD's and Interior's Orders to Support Military Operations
GAO-05-201: Published: Apr 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2005.
In recent years, federal agencies have increasingly turned to interagency contracts--where one agency, for example, places an order under an existing contract for another agency--as a way to streamline the procurement process. Interagency contracting can offer benefits of improved efficiency, but this approach needs to be effectively managed. To learn more about some of the challenges of interagen...