Defense cost control (71 - 80 of 111 items)
Status of Defense Forces and Five Year Defense Planning and Funding Implications
T-NSIAD-89-29: Published: May 10, 1989. Publicly Released: May 10, 1989.
GAO discussed the Department of Defense's (DOD) military capability achievements since 1980, current capability deficiencies, and the reality of defense contingency planning. GAO found that: (1) the greatest challenge to DOD is to reduce spending after the largest peacetime defense buildup in history; (2) DOD has had over $2.4 trillion in funding since 1980, but has reduced its 1988 and 1990 Five...
Defense Management: Status of Recommendations by Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management
NSIAD-89-19FS: Published: Nov 4, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the implementation of the recommendations of the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management, known as the Packard Commission.GAO found that: (1) the National Security Council provided a single budget level in its guidance to the Department of Defense (DOD) rather than provisional budget levels as the Commission recom...
Defense Budget and Program Issues Fiscal Year 1989 Budget
T-NSIAD-88-18: Published: Mar 14, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 1988.
GAO discussed: (1) revisions in the fiscal year (FY) 1989 Department of Defense (DOD) budget; and (2) their implications over the next 5 years. GAO found that: (1) of the $33 billion in FY 1989 reductions, $22 billion were in procurement accounts, while the remainder came from operations accounts; (2) program cancellations yielded the greatest savings both in the current year and for subsequent ye...
Incentive Contracts: Examination of Fixed-Price Incentive Contracts
NSIAD-88-36BR: Published: Nov 3, 1987. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the federal government's practice of using fixed-price incentive (FPI) contracts to share cost risks with its contractors, to determine its cost-effectiveness.GAO reviewed 573 FPI contracts at 6 Department of Defense (DOD) purchasing offices and found that: (1) DOD had given final pricing to 62 contracts; (2) of the 62 contracts, 2 achieved the...
Contract Pricing: DOD's Use of Unpriced Contracts
NSIAD-87-91: Published: Apr 30, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) use of unpriced contracts to determine if contracting officers used them properly and priced them on time. Unpriced contracts authorize contractors to start work and incur costs before final agreement on terms and conditions, including price.GAO found that: (1) although unpriced contracts can be a useful tool to su...
Acquisition: Status of the Defense Acquisition Improvement Program's 33 Initiatives
NSIAD-86-178BR: Published: Sep 23, 1986. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) implementation of the Defense Acquisition Improvement Program; and (2) provided details on the status of the program's 33 initiatives and highlighted program managers' views on the program's effect.GAO found that: (1) DOD did not fully implement 23 of the 33 program initiatives; (2) DOD needs to monitor progra...
Review of Selected Defense Logistics Agency Procurement Practices
NSIAD-86-129BR: Published: May 16, 1986. Publicly Released: May 16, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed small business organizations' allegations that the Defense Logistics Agency acted improperly by: (1) purchasing items noncompetitively; and (2) not having the technical data available to allow small businesses to compete for its contracts. The allegations mainly concerned the transfer of consumable items from the services to the Defense Construc...
Missile Development: Advanced Medium Range Air-To-Air Missile Legal Views and Program Status
NSIAD-86-88BR: Published: Mar 28, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) written certification of the current status and future costs of the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) program.GAO found that: (1) there continue to be uncertainities about the cost, schedule, and performance of the AMRAAM program; (2) DOD certification of the AMRAAM program reflected a number of ass...
S. 2151, S. 2082, and S. 2196
129570: Mar 27, 1986
Testimony was given concerning three Senate bills which are intended to strengthen the Department of Defense's (DOD) acquisition process. GAO found that: (1) S. 2151 provides for the establishment of an Under Secretary for Acquisition who would be responsible for setting overall policy for procurement and research and development, supervising the entire acquisition system, and establishing policy...
Underestimating the Costs of Major Weapon Systems: Are Reforms on the Way?
130323: Jan 1, 1986
This article, which appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 21, Issue 2, Spring 1986, discusses the procurement portion of the Department of Defense's (DOD) 5-Year Defense Program, specifically weapon systems' cost growth, the probability of reform, and possible future developments in defense procurement. Estimating the cost of new equipment is difficult and DOD continues to underestimate those costs. A...