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DOD operates commissaries (grocery stores) and exchanges (retail stores) that sell products to servicemembers, their families, and retirees.
DOD wants to consolidate the four organizations that operate commissaries and exchanges into a single organization, to eliminate redundancies and save money.
The National Nuclear Security Administration is working to modernize the nation’s nuclear weapon stockpile and the infrastructure on which weapon programs depend.
We testified that NNSA has improved some of its management practices for these modernization efforts.
The law requires federal agencies to buy domestic products. But federal agencies can buy foreign products sometimes, e.g., when domestic items are not available at a reasonable cost or when international trade agreements waive the Buy American Act restrictions.
Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War era may be eligible for disability compensation.
We examined how the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs communicated information to veterans and the public about possible Agent Orange exposure.
Contractors performing federal construction contracts that exceed $150,000 are required to obtain performance and payment surety bonds—which guarantee that the contractor will abide by the terms of the contract, and that suppliers and subcontractors will be paid if the contractor defaults.
VA and DOD integrated their medical facilities in North Chicago as a 5-year demonstration project. Their evaluation report recommended that they continue to operate as an integrated facility, while suggesting some improvements.
What GAO Found The agencies in GAO's review—the Departments of Defense (DOD), Veterans Affairs (VA), the Interior (Interior), Homeland Security, and Energy (Energy), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—have made varied use of purchase card data, and additional opportunities exist to negotiate...