Accession Number : ADA321352

Title :   Acquisition Reform. DOD Faces Challenges in Reducing Oversight Costs.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA321352

Report Date : 20 JAN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : The Department of Defense (DOD) has made acquisition reform one of its highest priorities as it attempts to reduce the cost of acquiring weapon systems in an era of constrained defense budgets. Savings from acquisition reforms are, in part, expected to provide funds for DOD's planned modernization efforts. As one element of its acquisition reform efforts, DOD has focused considerable attention on reducing oversight costs, which are considered to be a significant factor in influencing the price DOD pays for goods and services. This report deals with our review of the Reducing Oversight Costs reinvention laboratory that DOD established in September 1994 as a result of the National Performance Review. The laboratory had as its overall objective the reduction of nonvalue added oversight requirements with the intent of reducing the contractors' compliance costs and the government's cost of performing oversight activities. The focus of our review was to determine (1) the laboratory's success in effecting changes to DOD oversight requirements and reducing oversight costs, (2) any obstacles to achieving these benefits, and (3) lessons learned from laboratory experiences. We conducted this review under our basic legislative responsibilities and are addressing this report to the committees that foster acquisition reform.

Descriptors :   *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, *ACQUISITION, *WEAPON SYSTEMS, *MODIFICATION, *COSTS, *MILITARY BUDGETS, REQUIREMENTS, LESSONS LEARNED, REDUCTION, LABORATORIES, MILITARY MODERNIZATION, SAVINGS.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE