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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Air Force's requirements definition process for automatic data processing (ADP) system acquisitions.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of the Air Force 1. To help reduce the number of costly and lengthy ADP acquisition programs, the Secretary of the Air Force should quickly take action to implement its regulations established to ensure that system requirements are adequately defined and alternative solutions are evaluated before approving and recommending acquisitions. Those evaluations should consider technological advances and limitations; requirements achievability, reasonableness, and cost-effectiveness; and acquisition schedule and affordability, so that the Air Force can assess whether the proposed acquisition will meet its needs. As part of his effort, the Secretary should pull back those programs competing for funding within the Department of Defense (DOD) where requirements and alternative solutions have not been adequately defined and considered.
Closed - Implemented
The Air Force has revised Regulation 57-1. DOD does not agree that programs competing for funding should be pulled back until requirements and alternative solutions have been defined and evaluated. DOD has taken actions to correct deficiencies, such as reviews by the Defense Acquisition Board.

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