Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the factors that have contributed to the delays and cost increases in the Diplomatic Security Construction Program, focusing on the: (1) extent of the delays and cost increases and the reasons for them; and (2) adequacy of the State Department's management of the program.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of State||1. The Secretary of State should develop a system that: (1) documents the extent contractor performance appraisals are conducted by FBO consistent with its current policy; and (2) ensures performance appraisals are considered as a part of contractor responsibility determinations.|
|Department of State||2. The Secretary of State should revise the FBO 5-year operations plan to identify: (1) the criteria used for establishing construction project priorities; (2) how security threats affect priorities; and (3) any adjustments in capital construction budget requirements that may result from the adoption of security standards based on threat.|
|Department of State||3. The Secretary of State should accelerate the FBO post-master planning process to ensure that the most cost-effective options for meeting post needs are considered as part of State's long-range plans.|