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Small Business Contracting: Actions Needed to Implement and Monitor DOD's Small Business Strategy

GAO-22-104621
Oct 14, 2021
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3 Open Recommendations
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Office of Small Business Programs The Director of DOD's Office of Small Business Programs should develop and submit an implementation plan for DOD's Small Business Strategy, as required by Section 861 of the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. (Recommendation 1)
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Office of Small Business Programs The Director of DOD's Office of Small Business Programs should develop a policy to guide the implementation of a unified management structure as part of the Small Business Strategy. (Recommendation 2)
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Office of Small Business Programs The Director of DOD's Office of Small Business Programs should establish a formal process for monitoring and reporting on DOD's progress in implementing its Small Business Strategy. (Recommendation 3)
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Small Business Research Programs: Agencies Should Further Improve Award Timeliness

GAO-22-104677
Oct 14, 2021
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Administration for Community Living The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living should evaluate the effectiveness of steps taken to improve SBIR award timeliness and take any necessary additional steps in order to consistently meet SBA award timeliness guidelines. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Energy The Director of the Advanced Projects Research Agency-Energy should evaluate the effectiveness of steps taken to improve SBIR and STTR award timeliness and take any necessary additional steps in order to consistently meet SBA award timeliness guidelines. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should evaluate the effectiveness of steps taken to improve SBIR award timeliness and take any necessary additional steps in order to consistently meet SBA award timeliness guidelines. (Recommendation 3)
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Department of the Air Force The Secretary of the Air Force should evaluate the effectiveness of steps taken to improve SBIR and STTR award timeliness and take any necessary additional steps in order to consistently meet SBA award timeliness guidelines. (Recommendation 4)
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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should evaluate the effectiveness of steps taken to improve SBIR award timeliness and take any necessary additional steps in order to consistently meet SBA award timeliness guidelines. (Recommendation 5)
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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should evaluate the effectiveness of steps taken to improve STTR award timeliness and take any necessary additional steps in order to consistently meet SBA award timeliness guidelines. (Recommendation 6)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Contingency Contracting: DOD Has Taken Steps to Address Commission Recommendations, but Should Better Document Progress and Improve Contract Data [Reissued with revisions on Oct. 1, 2021.]

GAO-21-344
Oct 01, 2021
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4 Open Recommendations
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment directs the OCS Functional Capabilities Integration Board to document the department's progress in implementing the Commission on Wartime Contracting recommendations in a consistent and complete manner. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that data on operations, exercises, and other activities reported in SPOT-ES are linked with "applicable contingency operations" described in DOD guidance. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Defense Secretary of Defense should designate a single office to provide oversight for monitoring and reporting which operations, exercises, and other activities listed in SPOT-ES are linked with "applicable contingency operations." (Recommendation 3)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment take steps to improve data completeness and accuracy, by revising the SPOT Business Rules as appropriate, and designating responsibility for resolving any missing information on contractor personnel in SPOT-ES, and communicating such information to the relevant heads of contracting activities. (Recommendation 4)
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U.S. Postal Service: Better Use of Climate Data Could Enhance the Climate Resilience of Postal Facilities

GAO-21-104152
Sep 30, 2021
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1 Open Recommendations
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United States Postal Service The Postmaster General should ensure that executive leaders incorporate climate information, such as available real-time climate data, in the preliminary steps of USPS's process for making facility investments, consistent with the requirements of USPS policy. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
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