DOD Acquisition:

Fiscal Year 1993 Waivers to Acquisition Workforce Requirements

NSIAD-94-92: Published: Feb 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 1994.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) compliance with the waiver provisions of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act.

GAO found that: (1) the military services granted 30 waivers for 26 program managers during fiscal year (FY) 1993; (2) the military services granted 10 waivers for individuals who lacked the required program management course, 4 waivers for individuals who lacked the required acquisition experience, and 16 waivers for individuals who did not meet the tenure requirement; (3) most of the individuals that received waivers were military personnel; (4) DOD agencies did not grant any waivers in FY 1992 and FY 1993; (5) more tenure and fewer program management course waivers were granted, more field grade officers received waivers than general officers, and the waivers were more evenly distributed among the services in FY 1993; (6) the documentation to support the FY 1993 waivers contained less information than FY 1992 documentation concerning the educational and experience qualifications of the individuals that received waivers; and (7) DOD reviewed the waiver documentation to ensure compliance with the act.

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