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GAO examined ways the Department of Defense (DOD) could improve the quality, timeliness, and presentation of its selected acquisition reports (SAR) to Congress.

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Matter for Congressional Consideration

Matter Status Comments
The timeliness, usefulness, and presentation of SAR data can be significantly improved by incorporating key program and cost information formats similar to those in DAES. Opportunities now exist for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition to develop a single weapon system data reporting system that can be used internally by DOD management and to generate status reports to Congress. Weapons system status reports generated from the same database used to manage those systems would bring more integrity to SAR and enhance confidence in the data reported to Congress. Although DOD has some efforts underway, Congress should reinforce its interest by directing DOD to adopt reporting content and format changes presented in this report.
Closed - Implemented
DOD is exploring the feasibility of a single weapon system reporting system, but disagrees that actual cost data needs to be reported.

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