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Reverse Auctions: Guidance Is Needed to Maximize Competition and Achieve Cost Savings
GAO-14-200T: Published: Dec 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2013.
GAO found that government agencies were increasingly using reverse auctions as a means to drive down prices but without adequate guidance to ensure that the potential benefits were maximized. GAO's analysis of the data also identified some common characteristics among contract awards resulting from reverse auctions.GAO found the following:(1) About 95 percent of the reverse auctions resulted in aw...
Preliminary Observations on DOD Estimates of Contract Termination Liability
GAO-14-107R: Published: Nov 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 2013.
In its review of guidance and practices related to contract termination liability estimates, the Department of Defense (DOD) found that weapons programs generally received estimates of contract termination liability from contractors;, although there is no comprehensive guidance on how or when programs should require or consider these estimates. DOD plans to include additional language to help ensu...
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...
Defense Acquisitions: Goals and Associated Metrics Needed to Assess Progress in Improving Service Acquisition
GAO-13-634: Published: Jun 27, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2013.
Over the last decade, the Department of Defense (DOD) has taken several actions to address legislative requirements to improve the acquisition and management of services. In 2001, as amended in 2006, Congress required DOD to implement a management structure for the acquisition of services. In response, DOD implemented such a structure and service acquisition review and approval process. Recently,...
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Restructuring Has Improved the Program, but Affordability Challenges and Other Risks Remain
GAO-13-690T: Published: Jun 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 2013.
The new F-35 acquisition baseline reflects positive restructuring actions taken by the Department of Defense (DOD) since 2010, including more time and funding for development and deferred procurement of more than 400 aircraft to future years. Overall, the program progressed on several fronts during 2012 to further improve the current outlook. The program achieved 7 of 10 key management objectives...
Prescription Drugs: Comparison of DOD and VA Direct Purchase Prices
GAO-13-358: Published: Apr 19, 2013. Publicly Released: May 20, 2013.
When GAO compared prices paid by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for a sample of 83 drugs purchased in the first calendar quarter of 2012, DOD's average unit price for the entire sample was 31.8 percent ($0.11 per unit) higher than VA's average price, and DOD's average unit price for the subset of 40 generic drugs was 66.6 percent ($0.04 per unit) higher...
Space Acquisitions: DOD Is Overcoming Long-Standing Problems, but Faces Challenges to Ensuring Its Investments Are Optimized
GAO-13-508T: Published: Apr 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2013.
Most of the Department of Defense's (DOD) major satellite programs are in mature phases of development, that is, the initial satellites have been designed, fabricated, and launched into orbit while additional satellites of the same design are being produced. For the portfolio of major satellite programs, new cost and schedule growth is not as widespread as it was in prior years, but DOD is still e...
Tactical Aircraft: Comparison of F-22A and Legacy Fighter Modernization Programs
GAO-12-524: Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.
The F-22A and legacy modernization programs GAO reviewed were rooted in different development strategies. The F-22A began as a single-step program and did not anticipate the need for future modernization, while the legacy programs each began with the expectation that their aircraft would be incrementally upgraded over time. F-22A modernization began in reaction to a major shift in the aircraft...
Joint Strike Fighter: Restructuring Added Resources and Reduced Risk, but Concurrency Is Still a Major Concern
GAO-12-525T: Published: Mar 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2012.
Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) restructuring continues into a third year, adding to cost and schedule. Since June 2010, the total cost estimate increased about $15 billion, $5 billion for development and $10 billion for procurement. There will likely be additional changes when the Department of Defense (DOD) approves a new program baseline, expected soon. Compared to the current approved baseline from...
Defense Contracting: Competition for Services and Recent Initiatives to Increase Competitive Procurements
GAO-12-384: Published: Mar 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2012.
In fiscal year 2011, the competition rate for DODs non-R&D services was almost twice the competition rate as that of products, and almost 20 percent higher than that of R&D services.From fiscal year 2007 through 2011, competition rates for non-R&D services have been nearly 80 percent and have not changed significantly across DOD, but have declined at the Air Force, dropping from 75 percent t...