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Employees who leave DOD to work for DOD contractors may face restrictions designed to protect against conflicts of interest. For example, they are permanently prohibited from attempting to influence their former agency about a project they worked on.
DOD uses term and temporary appointments to hire civilian personnel for non-permanent positions that have uncertain funding or workload. (Temporary appointments are generally shorter than term appointments.)
DOD recently extended the duration of its term and temporary appointments.
Contracts awarded by the Department of Defense can include work that is physically demanding and dangerous, like construction and manufacturing.
We found some defense contractors had been cited for safety or health violations.
What GAO Found The Department of Defense's (DOD) May 2016 report on commissaries and exchanges does not provide a plan for achieving budget neutrality, which DOD interprets as ending the use of appropriated funding for commissaries and exchanges by October 2018.
What GAO Found The Department of Defense (DOD) obligated $54.6 billion, or $280 million less than the limit on contract services for fiscal year 2014 due, in part, to increased oversight by the DOD Comptroller's office and military departments.
What GAO Found The Department of Defense (DOD) used two best value processes—tradeoff and lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA)—for approximately 93 percent of the 2,851 new, competitively awarded contracts awarded in fiscal year 2013 with obligations greater than $1 million.
What GAO FoundThe Department of Defense (DOD) and the military services have processes to meet statutory requirements for base closures and realignments, and use these processes hundreds of times each year to make basing decisions outside of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.
What GAO FoundExplosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) forces grew over the past 10 years to meet wartime and other needs, but the Department of Defense (DOD) does not have the data needed to develop a funding strategy to support future EOD force plans.