Recommendations Database

GAO’s recommendations database contains report recommendations that still need to be addressed. GAO’s priority recommendations are those that we believe warrant priority attention. We sent letters to the heads of key departments and agencies, urging them to continue focusing on these issues. Below you can search only priority recommendations, or search all recommendations.

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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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Weapon Systems Cybersecurity: Guidance Would Help DOD Programs Better Communicate Requirements to Contractors

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Department of the Army
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This is a priority recommendation.
The Secretary of the Army should develop guidance for acquisition programs on how to incorporate tailored weapon systems cybersecurity requirements, acceptance criteria, and verification processes into contracts. (Recommendation 1)
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The Army concurred with our recommendation. Because this report was recently published, DOD has had limited time to act on these recommendations. We will monitor DOD's efforts to implement these recommendations moving forward.

Army Modernization: Steps Needed to Ensure Army Futures Command Fully Applies Leading Practices

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Department of the Army
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Commanding General of Army Futures Command applies leading practices as they relate to technology development, particularly that of demonstrating technology in an operational environment prior to starting system development. (Recommendation 1)
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The Army concurred with this recommendation. Army officials acknowledged the importance of demonstrating technology in an operation environment prior to starting system development and stated that they have taken steps to assist in the identification and removal of infeasible or immature technologies. For example, development of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System includes a series of user engagements where soldiers interact with the system in a field environment and provide feedback to guide development and design. To fully implement this recommendation, the Army will need to

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

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Department of the Army
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Secretary of the Army 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 1)
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The Army concurred with this recommendation. As of July 2020, DOD officials told us that the Army has required monitoring of its processes used for recording all real property information. Specifically, the Army developed a 5-year plan to address the recommendations to improve data quality and accountability in conjunction with the ongoing DOD financial statement audit. The plan reportedly requires measuring results through directed physical inspections and record updates, using a single, standardized Accountable Property System of Record (APSR) for all assets. DOD officials also told us that

Army Weapon System Requirements: Need to Address Workforce Shortfalls to Make Necessary Improvements

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Department of the Army
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Secretary of the Army should conduct a comprehensive assessment to better understand the resources necessary for the requirements development process and determine the extent to which the shortfalls can be addressed given other funding priorities.
Open

The Army concurred with our recommendation. Previously, Army officials told GAO that they planned to implement this recommendation after the new Army Futures Command-which currently manages capabilities development for the Army-became fully operational. Although this command became fully operational in July 2019, Army officials continue to state that more time is needed to fully coordinate and implement this recommendation. The Army Futures Command is performing a comprehensive review of overall command performance which will include a manpower assessment of the requirements development

DOD Financial Management: Significant Efforts Still Needed for Remediating Audit Readiness Deficiencies

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Department of the Army
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Secretary of the Army should direct the Accountability and Audit Readiness Directorate under the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller, to enhance the directorate's policies and procedures for (1) tracking and prioritizing all financial management-related audit findings and recommendations under its purview and (2) developing and monitoring CAPs for all such recommendations so that they include sufficient details, such as the criteria used to prioritize the CAPs, the recommended CAP elements, and the process for monitoring and documenting the progress and status of CAPs.
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The Army concurred with this recommendation. The Army stated that the Accountability and Audit Readiness Directorate had completed actions to enhance its current standard operating procedures (SOP) to include (1) updating its corrective action plan (CAP) database and reporting tool, (2) documenting its reporting procedures, and (3) updating its CAP template to include additional elements recommended by the Implementation Guide for OMB Circular A-123. In addition, the Army stated that its policies and procedures included steps to incorporate external financial management-related audit findings

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