Government procurement (1 - 10 of 151 items)
Nuclear Supply Chain: DOE Should Assess Circumstances for Using Enhanced Procurement Authority to Manage Risk
GAO-16-710: Published: Aug 11, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 2016.
As of May 2016, the Secretary of Energy had not used the enhanced procurement authority, and the Department of Energy (DOE) had not developed processes for using the authority, as it had not fully assessed the circumstances under which the authority might be useful. To use the authority, the Secretary must be made aware of a supply chain risk by officials from DOE or its semiautonomous National Nu...
Defense Contracting: Improved Policies and Tools Could Help Increase Competition on DOD's National Security Exception Procurements
GAO-12-263: Published: Jan 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2012.
What GAO FoundDODÂ’s use of the national security exception is smallÂ—about 2 percent of the dollar value of its total use of exceptions to full and open competition, but gaps in federal procurement data limit GAOÂ’s ability to determine the full extent of DODÂ’s use. DOD procures a range of goods and services under this exception, and according to federal procurement data, the Air Force accounte...
Defense Supplier Base: DOD Should Leverage Ongoing Initiatives in Developing Its Program to Mitigate Risk of Counterfeit Parts
GAO-10-389: Published: Mar 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2010.
Counterfeit parts--generally those whose sources knowingly misrepresent the parts' identity or pedigree--have the potential to seriously disrupt the Department of Defense (DOD) supply chain, delay missions, and affect the integrity of weapon systems. Almost anything is at risk of being counterfeited, from fasteners used on aircraft to electronics used on missile guidance systems. Further, there ca...
Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Global Hawk Cost Increase Understated in Nunn-McCurdy Report
GAO-06-222R: Published: Dec 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2005.
To provide for oversight of cost growth in DOD major defense acquisition programs, Congress passed legislation, commonly referred to as Nunn-McCurdy, which requires DOD to notify Congress when a program's unit cost growth exceeds (or breaches) the latest approved acquisition program baseline by at least 15 percent. If the cost growth has increased at least 25 percent over the baseline, the Secreta...
DOD Excess Property: Management Control Breakdowns Result in Substantial Waste and Inefficiency
GAO-05-277: Published: May 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2005.
Based on limited previous GAO work that identified examples of purchases of new items at the same time identical items in excellent or good condition were excessed, GAO was asked to assess the overall economy and efficiency of the Department of Defense (DOD) program for excess property reutilization (reuse). Specifically, GAO was asked to determine (1) whether and to what extent the program includ...
DOD Systems Modernization: Continued Investment in the Standard Procurement System Has Not Been Justified
GAO-01-682: Published: Jul 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 2001.
This report reviews the Department of Defense's (DOD) ability to contract for goods and services by acquiring and implementing a standard procurement system (SPS). DOD's management of SPS is a lesson in how not to justify, make, and monitor the implementation of information technology investment decisions. Specifically, DOD has not (1) ensured that accountability and responsibility for measuring p...
Weapons Acquisitions: Guided Weapon Plans Need to Be Reassessed
NSIAD-99-32: Published: Dec 9, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Defense's (DOD) major guided weapon programs, focusing on whether: (1) the services' plans for developing or procuring guided weapons can be carried out as proposed within relatively fixed defense budgets; (2) the number of guided weapons the services plan to buy is consistent with projected threats and modernization needs; (3) th...
Army Medium Trucks: Acquisition Plans Need Safeguards
NSIAD-99-28: Published: Nov 19, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) program.GAO noted that: (1) the Army's plan for implementing its follow-on production contracts needs to ensure that the government receives trucks that meet FMTV program quality standards; (2) the current contract allowed the contractor to produce trucks during testing even though the trucks wer...
Quadrennial Defense Review: Opportunities to Improve the Next Review
NSIAD-98-155: Published: Jun 25, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether: (1) the Quadrennial Defense Review's (QDR) force structure and modernization assessments examined alternatives to the planned force; and (2) opportunities exist to improve the structure and methodology of future QDRs. GAO did not evaluate the rationale for the Department of Defense's (DOD) proposed defense strategy.GAO noted that: (1) QDR...
Navy Mine Warfare: Plans to Improve Countermeasures Capabilities Unclear
NSIAD-98-135: Published: Jun 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Navy's mine countermeasures efforts, focusing on the: (1) Navy's plans for improving mine countermeasures (MCM) capabilities; (2) status of current research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) programs; and (3) process the Department of Defense (DOD) used to prepare the annual certification required by Public Law 102-190.GAO noted that:...