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Advanced Technologies: Strengthened Federal Approach Needed to Help Identify and Mitigate Supply Risks for Critical Raw Materials
GAO-16-699: Published: Sep 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 2016.
Federal agencies are primarily focused on two areas of activity related to critical materials supply—assessing risk and supporting research. For example, the Department of Energy (DOE) has conducted two criticality assessments on materials important to clean energy applications and manages the Critical Materials Institute—a 5-year, $120 million investment aimed at mitigating risks by diversify...
Federal Employees' Compensation Act: DOD Access to DOL Data Is Generally Sufficient, but Monitoring Timelines Could Help Return-to-Work Efforts
GAO-16-793: Published: Sep 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2016.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) 47,340 civilian employees who filed claims under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) made up 17 percent of FECA claimants in 2015, and DOD total-disability beneficiaries (i.e., with no capacity to work) were generally older than those from the rest of government. About 35 percent of DOD beneficiaries received medical benefits only, and 31 percent receiv...
Bulk Fuel: Actions Needed to Improve DOD's Fuel Consumption Budget Data
GAO-16-644: Published: Sep 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2016.
The military services' total obligations for fuel consumption spending decreased from a high of about $13 billion in fiscal year 2012 to a low of about $10.1 billion in fiscal year 2015 but differed from budget estimates, which officials largely attributed to changes in operations and training that affected fuel consumption. Specifically, each of the military services either over- or underestimate...
Defense Space Acquisitions: Too Early to Determine If Recent Changes Will Resolve Persistent Fragmentation in Management and Oversight
GAO-16-592R: Published: Jul 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2016.
National security space leadership responsibilities are fragmented across approximately 60 stakeholder organizations within the Department of Defense (DOD), the Executive Office of the President, the Intelligence Community, and civilian agencies. Officials and experts generally said that no one seems to be in charge of space acquisitions. According to officials and experts, DOD space acquisitions...
Military Personnel: DOD Needs More Complete Data on Active-Duty Servicemembers' Use of Food Assistance Programs
GAO-16-561: Published: Jul 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2016.
Active-duty servicemembers and their families have access to food assistance through various government and charitable programs, but use of these programs varies, in part, on their ability to meet specific eligibility criteria. In an April 2010 report, GAO identified 18 government programs that provide food assistance to low-income households. Servicemembers may apply for and, if they qualify, rec...
Defense Headquarters: Improved Data Needed to Better Identify Streamlining and Cost Savings Opportunities by Function
GAO-16-286: Published: Jun 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2016.
Since 2014, and in part to respond to congressional direction, the Department of Defense (DOD) has undertaken initiatives intended to improve the efficiency of headquarters organizations and identify related cost savings, but it is unclear to what extent these initiatives will help the department achieve the potential savings it has identified. In a 2015 review of its six business processes, DOD i...
Defense Contracting: Complete Historical Data Not Available on Canceled DOD Solicitations
GAO-16-502R: Published: Jun 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2016.
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and GAO bid protest decisions identify general standards that the government must meet before canceling a solicitation depending on the type of solicitation procedure used. These standards and different scenarios for cancelations are outlined in the figure below.Examples of Scenarios to Cancel a Solicitation for Sealed Bids and Negotiated ProcurementsComple...
Army Working Capital Fund: Army Industrial Operations Could Improve Budgeting and Management of Carryover
GAO-16-543: Published: Jun 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2016.
GAO's analysis of Army Industrial Operations (Industrial Operations) reports showed that Industrial Operations actual adjusted carryover exceeded its allowable carryover amount from fiscal years 2013 through 2015 by $195 million, $1.1 billion, and $854 million, respectively. This occurred because Industrial Operations performed less work (i.e., earned less revenue) than orders accepted due to staf...
Electronic Waste: DOD Is Recovering Materials, but Several Factors May Hinder Near-Term Expansion of These Efforts
GAO-16-576: Published: Jun 20, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2016.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) processes tens of millions of pounds of Department of Defense (DOD) electronic waste annually and recovers some materials from this waste, including precious metals and one material—germanium—that is being added to the National Defense Stockpile. DLA contracts with recyclers to handle DOD's electronic waste, a process that includes separating out recyclable m...
Government Purchase Cards: Opportunities Exist to Leverage Buying Power
GAO-16-526: Published: May 19, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2016.
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 discounts and leverage buying power. As the chart below shows, spending with government purchase cards repr...