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Subject Term: Logistics

4 publications with a total of 4 priority recommendations
Director: Michele Mackin
Phone: (202) 512-4841

1 open priority recommendation
Recommendation: In order to ensure that contracting officers have clear and effective policies as soon as possible, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs should direct the OAL to identify measures to expedite the revision of the Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR), which has been ongoing for many years, and the issuance of the VA Acquisition Manual.

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Status: Open
Priority recommendation

Comments: VA concurred with this recommendation and has made progress in finalizing the update to its acquisition regulations and manual. In June 2018, VA reported that five sections of its acquisition regulation had been issued as final rules, nine sections as proposed rules for public comment, and twelve sections will be published for public comment in the near future, pending approval by VA's Office of General Counsel. VA shares acquisition regulation updates with its staff through its procurement policy website. This recommendation will remain open until the acquisition regulation and manual are finalized.
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: DOD concurred with this recommendation. As of July 2018, DOD has taken steps to develop foreign vendor vetting guidance, but is still working to determine key components of that guidance. Office of the Deputy of the Secretary of Defense issued a directive type memorandum in April 2018 that establishes policy and assigns responsibility for developing vendor vetting guidance to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Additionally, 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. However, according to officials in May 2018, this working group is 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 October 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 received targets from each of the services (the Air Force, the Marine Corps, and the Navy), and the targets have been incorporated into a draft version of the report. Once the report is final, and the affordability targets are formally established and adopted by the F-35 program, we will close the recommendation.
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: DOD concurred with our recommendation. As of May 2018, the Marine Corps and Air Force has developed OCS guidance, and the Navy continues to work toward issuing guidance. 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's guidance has received its legal review and flag officer coordination; according to OSD officials in May 2018, they expect final signature and publication of the Navy guidance in Summer 2018. Until all the services issue OCS guidance, this recommendation will remain open.