Defense Department officials have begun to observe real impacts of climate change on military facilities, but poor planning and processes leave the department ill-equipped to protect infrastructure that may be at risk, says the Government Accountability Office.
The FAA is facing major technological, regulatory and management barriers and until they're addressed, integration of drones or unmanned aircraft systems for civilian and law enforcement purposes will be slow and risky, the IG's report (pdf) said.
Despite some positive developments in implementing an open systems approach to product development, congressional investigators found that the Defense Department faces several challenges, namely a preference to purchase proprietary systems.
The Defense Logistics Agency doesn't properly forecast what Defense Department inventory can be disposed of in order to save money, a June 19 Government Accountability Office report says. DLA disposed of $4 billion in items for a net reduction of $2.5 billion to its on-hand inventory toward the Defense Department's fiscal 2013 goal of $11.7 billion, the report said.
The agencies responsible for serving military members with post traumatic stress disorder don't know if the treatment programs are working, a June 20 Institute of Medicine report says. The Defense Department and the Veterans Affairs Department spent $294 million and about $3 billion respectively in 2012 on PTSD treatment programs.
The Office of Management and Budget Wednesday identified 74 agency reports that could be eliminated to reduce agencies' workload and save money. Those 74 reports come after OMB identified 35 reports to be eliminated back in 2012. But Congress has to act to actually eliminate the reports
The primary U.S. counterterrorism program in northwest Africa – where terrorist groups including al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Boko Haram operate – has spent about $140 million since 2009, but program managers were unable to easily provide data on the status of the funds, a congressional investigation has found.
A pair of notices posted to FedBizOpps June 20 show the DoD is looking to purchase enterprise apps at a discount to host on its app store as well as gather strategies for fostering custom mobile app development. It also has a number of questions about how to best support commercial mobile devices while ensuring compliance with National Security Agency security and privacy standards.
The Defense Department didn't fully implement the steps required to make sure contractor pay was correct, a June 23 Government Accountability Office report says. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service is responsible for processing and disbursing nearly $200 billion annually in contract payments for the DoD, the report says.
The Defense Department's inadequate guidance and insufficient oversight of its Tricare program led to problems with healthcare delivery, a June 18 Government Accountability Office report says. "The recent transition of TRICARE's managed care support contractors in the West region did not go smoothly and highlighted numerous deficiencies in guidance and oversight by the Tricare Management Activity – the DoD's office responsible for awarding and managing these contracts at the time of GAO's review," the GAO said.