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DOD Contract Management - High Risk Issue

To effectively and efficiently carry out its mission, DOD needs the people, skills, capacities, tools and data to make informed acquisition decisions.

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The Department of Defense (DOD) obligated $273.5 billion in fiscal year 2015 on contracts for goods and services, including major weapon systems, support for military bases, information technology, consulting services, and commercial items. Contracts also include those supporting contingency operations, such as those in Afghanistan. DOD is, by far, the single largest contracting agency in the federal government, typically accounting for about two-thirds of all federal contracting activity. GAO’s work and that of others have identified challenges DOD faces within three segments of contract management: (1) the acquisition workforce, (2) service acquisitions, and (3) operational contract support. Continuing to ensure DOD has the people, skills, capacities, tools, and data needed to make informed acquisition decisions is essential if it is to effectively and efficiently carry out its mission in an era of more constrained resources. This area remains on GAO’s High Risk List.

GAO’s High Risk Report is updated every two years, at the start of each new Congress. For more information on this High Risk Issue, see What We Found and What Remains to Be Done.

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2015 Update to GAO's High Risk ListWednesday, February 11, 2015
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