Reporting on Chemical Testing of the Bigeye Binary Chemical Bomb
NSIAD-85-3: Published: Oct 30, 1984. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 1984.
- Full Report:
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether the Department of Defense (DOD) intentionally withheld information from Congress about the Bigeye binary chemical bomb program.
GAO found that: (1) because a steering committee with responsibility for the Bigeye program did not recognize the seriousness of a test failure, there was a delay in providing information to Congress about the failure; (2) after being informed of the test failure, the Office of the Secretary of Defense timely provided the information to Congress; and (3) because of the problem that caused the test failure, DOD withdrew production funds for Bigeye from its 1984 budget request and delayed Bigeye production for 1 year. In addition, GAO found that Congress was not informed of another test failure because the problem that caused the failure was easily corrected and did not recur.
Recommendation for Executive Action
Status: Closed - Implemented
Comments: DOD did not agree to designate the Bigeye program as a major program because of the added cost to the program, which would not increase management effectiveness. However, DOD agreed to designate the program as a selected special interest munition under the purview of Defense Operational Test and Evaluation.
Recommendation: In view of congressional interest and the sensitivity of the Bigeye program, the Secretary of Defense should designate Bigeye a major program for monitoring and reporting requirements.
Agency Affected: Department of Defense