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As of December 2, 2021, there are 4653 open recommendations, of which 482 are priority recommendations. Recommendations remain open until they are designated as Closed-implemented or Closed-not implemented.

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Defense Real Property: DOD Needs to Take Additional Actions to Improve Management of Its Inventory Data

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Department of the Air Force
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The Secretary of the Air Force should require monitoring of its processes used for recording all required real property information--to include evaluating on an ongoing basis whether or to what extent these activities are being carried out--and remediating any identified deficiencies. (Recommendation 3)
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The Air Force concurred with this recommendation. As of July 2020, DOD officials told us that the Air Force has required monitoring of its processes for recording all required real property information. For example, the Air Force plans to establish a Data Quality Program (DQP) within the Air Force Civil Engineer Center Information Technology Functional Management Office to incorporate requirements for improving accuracy of its asset information in its Accountable Property System of Record (APSR). The Air Force also plans to revise its instruction AFI 32-9005 to define responsibility for the

DOD Service Acquisition: Improved Use of Available Data Needed to Better Manage and Forecast Service Contract Requirements

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Department of the Air Force
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This is a priority recommendation.
To ensure that senior leadership within the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the military departments are better positioned to make informed decisions regarding the volume and type of services that should be acquired over the future year defense program, the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force should revise their programming guidance to collect information on how contracted services will be used to meet requirements beyond the budget year.
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DOD partially concurred with our recommendation. In its response, the Department did not identify what action, if any, it planned to take to implement this recommendation, and noted the difficulties in accurately quantifying service contract requirements beyond the budget year. We maintain that collecting this information will assist the department in gaining insights into contracted service requirements and making more strategic decisions about the services it plans to acquire. In February 2021, we reported (see GAO-21-267R) that DOD officials told us they are reviewing systems that may allow

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