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Subject Term: Logistics

3 publications with a total of 3 priority recommendations
Director: Cary Russell
Phone: (202) 512-5431

1 open priority recommendation
Recommendation: To ensure that combatant commands are not contracting with entities that may be connected to or supporting prohibited organizations, the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, should develop guidance that clarifies the conditions under which combatant commands should have a foreign vendor vetting process or cell in place to determine whether potential vendors actively support any terrorist, criminal, or other sanctioned organizations, including clarifying when combatant commands should develop procedures for transmitting the names of any vendors identified through this process for inclusion in prohibited entities lists in the appropriate federal contracting databases, such as the System for Award Management.

Agency: Department of Defense
Status: Open
Priority recommendation

Comments: As of April 2017, DOD has taken steps to develop foreign vendor vetting guidance, but that guidance is in the process of being drafted. DOD stated that the Office of the Secretary of Defense has established a joint working group to identify key stakeholders and develop DOD policy requiring combatant commands to develop foreign vendor vetting processes. DOD established a foreign vendor vetting working group in November 2016 to, among other things, define foreign vendor vetting as a distinct function and provide combatant commanders with guidance on addressing the risks associated with relying on commercial vendors. According to officials in February 2017, this working group is in its infancy and DOD decision-makers are still exploring which entities should be key stakeholders to vendor vetting, including which entity should have primary responsibility for vendor vetting. Until DOD develops vendor vetting guidance, this recommendation will remain open.
Director: Cary Russell
Phone: (202) 512-5431

1 open priority recommendation
Recommendation: To help DOD develop an affordable sustainment strategy for the F-35, the Secretary of Defense should direct the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics to direct the F-35 Program Executive Officer to establish affordability constraints linked to, and informed by, military service budgets that will help guide sustainment decisions, prioritize requirements, and identify additional areas for savings by March 2015, at which point the Future Support Construct decision will be approved.

Agency: Department of Defense
Status: Open
Priority recommendation

Comments: DOD concurred with our recommendation. According to DOD officials, as of July 2018, as part of a report on F-35 sustainment affordability and transparency called for in the Senate Armed Services Committee's report accompanying the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, the department has tasked the military services to generate and deliver budget-informed F-35 sustainment affordability targets. The department has already received targets from the Air Force and the Marine Corps, and anticipates receiving a target number from the Navy in time for delivery of the report to Congress at the end of August. Upon completion and publication of these affordability targets and adoption by the F-35 program, the recommendation will have been met.
Director: Russell, Cary B
Phone: (202) 512-5431

1 open priority recommendation
Recommendation: To further the integration of operational contract support into all of the services' planning, the Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretaries of the Navy and Air Force to provide comprehensive service-wide guidance for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force that describes how each service should integrate operational contract support into its respective organization to include planning for contingency operations.

Agency: Department of Defense
Status: Open
Priority recommendation

Comments: As of September 2017, the Marine Corps and Air Force has developed OCS guidance; however, the Navy has not. In September 2016, the Marine Corps published Marine Corps Order 4200.34 on the manning, equipping and training of OCS capability. The Corps has established a new task list to define OCS as an essential wartime fighting capability, which provides units the foundation and ability to establish Mission Essential Tasks (METs) needed to effectively and efficiently measure and report OCS mission readiness. Marine Corps also developed and published an OCS career progression plan. The Air Force has taken steps to incorporate OCS into existing guidance, and the Secretary of the Air Force issued a memorandum in April 2016 providing guidance on integrating OCS into the total force. Additionally, Air Force issued AFI 64-105, Contingency Contracting Support, in August 2016. The Navy has begun drafting-but not yet issued-an instruction for internal review. Until all the services issue OCS guidance, this recommendation will remain open.