Military Construction:

Cost Increase Reports Submitted in Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019

GAO-20-261R: Published: Jan 23, 2020. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2020.

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DOD must notify Congress and GAO of any military construction project or military family housing project that costs more than $40 million where DOD has identified a cost increase of 25% or more. In the reports, DOD must include the specific reasons for the increase and identify the organizations and individuals responsible for the increase (among other elements).

DOD submitted 5 such reports during fiscal years 2018 and 2019. They were all from the Air Force, and they all met most requirements.

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Elizabeth A. Field
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What GAO Found

DOD submitted 5 cost increase reports during fiscal years 2018 and 2019, all from the Air Force. The 5 projects for which the Air Force submitted reports were the F.E. Warren Air Force Base Weapons Storage Facility, the Joint Base Andrews Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization Complex, the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Basic Military Campus Airman Training Complex Dormitory 5 Facility, the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Basic Military Training Campus Dining/Classroom Facility 3, and the Eglin Air Force Base Advanced Munitions Technology Complex. We compared the contents of these cost increase reports with the reporting requirements of section 2853(f) of title 10, United States Code, which calls for DOD to, among other things, identify the specific reasons for the identified cost increase. All of the reports submitted met most of the requirements.

Why GAO Did This Study

Section 2853(f) of title 10, United States Code, as amended, requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to notify the congressional defense committees and the Comptroller General of the United States (GAO) of any military construction project or military family housing project with a total authorized cost greater than $40 million where DOD identified a cost increase of 25 percent or more. In the notification reports, DOD is required to include the specific reasons for the cost increase and the specific organizations and individuals responsible, among other elements. Amended section 2853(f) also includes a provision for the Comptroller General of the United States to review each report submitted and validate or correct as necessary the information provided.

For more information, contact Elizabeth A. Field, at 202-512- 2775 or FieldE1@gao.gov.

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