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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) evaluated the effectiveness of the government's current method of assessing contractors' profitability levels; and (2) identified other methods that might better identify appropriate levels of defense contractors' profitability.

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Matter for Congressional Consideration

Matter Status Comments
Congress should enact legislation to require government contractors to annually report segment-level financial data to enable policymakers to measure the profitability and the cost of capital for assessing the financial health of the defense industry.
Closed - Not Implemented
There has been no indication that Congress plans to take action on the recommendation.

Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Defense 1. The Secretary of Defense should develop procedures to add the cost-of-capital concept to its analytical framework for assessing the profitability levels of the defense industry over time. This implementation would require that the data, specific to the segment doing defense work in each company, be gathered on a recurring basis.
Closed - Not Implemented
DOD has stated that it will not take action on this recommendation.

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