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DOD relies on contractors worldwide to support contingency operations, which can include armed conflicts, humanitarian crises, and more.
The Commission on Wartime Contracting made 30 recommendations in 2011 to improve contingency contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense, which spent about $422 billion on contracts for goods and services in FY 2020, has been the target of contracting-related fraud schemes. For example, one contractor pleaded guilty to defrauding the department by overbilling.
The National Nuclear Security Administration has facilities to process lithium—a key material in nuclear weapons. However, these facilities have deteriorated and NNSA has proposed a new facility to meet the demand for lithium.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.
DOD spends billions of dollars a year on sole-source spare parts contracts to keep its planes, ships, and systems operating. DOD relies on cost or pricing data from contractors to determine if prices for spare parts are reasonable.
Potential adversaries (such as Russia and China) are using information to achieve their national objectives and undermine the security and principles of the United States—e.g., propaganda and cyberattacks.
To counter these activities, DOD can use "information operations.
The Department of Defense's business operations are important functions that keep the department running, such as human resources and contracting. DOD's approach to transforming these business operations has been on our High Risk List since 2005.
Department of Defense guidance encourages the use of fixed-price-incentive contracts to acquire major weapon systems, where appropriate. These contracts can provide contractors with incentives to keep costs in check and stay on schedule.