DOD's Acquisition Improvement Program--Program Managers' Views

NSIAD-86-193FS: Published: Sep 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 1986.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on the results of a survey of government and industry managers of major weapon programs, regarding the effectiveness of the Department of Defense's (DOD) Defense Acquisition Improvement Program (DAIP).

GAO found that program managers believe that the DAIP program has made little or no difference in the acquisition process, and that the government manager's responsibility and accountability were adequate before DAIP was initiated; (2) one-half of the government managers and three-fourths of the industry managers indicated that the government manager's authority was now only marginally adequate to inadequate, even though DAIP was intended to provide program managers with more authority; and (3) the program managers believe that DOD needs to stabilize and streamline the acquisition process and reduce government oversight of programs.

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