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DOD Contract Management - High Risk Issue

To effectively and efficiently carry out its mission, DOD needs the people, skills, capacities, tools and data to make informed acquisition decisions.

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As stated in GAO's 2015 High Risk report, the Department of Defense (DOD) obligates more than $300 billion annually on contracts for goods and services, including major weapon systems, support for military bases, information technology, consulting services, and commercial items. Contracts also include those in support of contingency operations, such as those in Afghanistan. GAO's work and that of others have identified challenges DOD faces within three segments of contract management: (1) the acquisition workforce, (2) service acquisitions, and (3) operational contract support. Continuing to ensure DOD has the people, skills, capacities, tools, and data needed to make informed acquisition decisions is essential if it is to effectively and efficiently carry out its mission in an era of more constrained resources. This area remains on our High Risk List.

This High Risk Report is updated every two years, at the start of each new Congress. For more information on this High Risk Issue, see What We Found and What Remains to Be Done.

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Defense Contracting: Actions Needed to Increase Competition

GAO-13-325: Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.


2015 Update to GAO's High Risk ListWednesday, February 11, 2015
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