Recommendations To Improve Defense Reporting on Weapon Systems

MASAD-81-7: Published: Mar 2, 1981. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 1981.

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GAO issued three reports which contained recommendations to the Secretary of Defense on methods to improve the Department of Defense's (DOD) reporting to Congress. The reports addressed: (1) Selected Acquisition Reports (SAR); (2) research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) descriptive summaries; (3) Congressional Data Sheets; (4) other budget justification data; and (5) testimony.

DOD agreed with some of the recommendations and identified improvements which have been made in the reporting system. However, DOD believes that it is fully complying with the desires of Congress and, therefore, does not intend to implement the other recommendations. GAO believes that the recommendations would result in Congress receiving information that would be valuable in carrying out its oversight responsibilities.

Matters for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Matter: Congress should require the Secretary of Defense to include a section on technical and operational risks in RDT&E descriptive summaries.

  2. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Matter: Congress should require the Secretary of Defense to change the SAR system to: (1) include important systems that are in advanced development; (2) expand the required mission capability assessment statement to describe shortcomings and limitations of systems in their expected operational environments; (3) include planning estimates and a one-time variance analysis for the planning and development estimates in the first report that includes the development estimate; (4) include a brief narrative section on technical and operational risks; (5) include cost estimates for categories of logistic support/additional procurement costs related to the weapon system such as modification costs, component improvement costs, replenishment spare costs, industrial facilities/production base, simulators, consumables, and modification spares; and (6) include a chart showing the impact on the program cost estimate of different escalation rates. 1/ We also made these recommendations to the Secretary of Defense in our March 1975 report.

 

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