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Corporate Author United States. Government Accountability Office, author.

Title Defense acquisitions, observations on whether the military service chiefs' role in managing and overseeing major weapon programs should be expanded : report to the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate.

Publication Info. [Washington, DC] : United States Government Accountability Office, 2014.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  GA 1.13:GAO-14-520    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (i, 19 pages) : color illustrations
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Note "May 2014."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Background -- Studies recommended expanding service chiefs role in acquisition to varying degrees, but potential effect on improving acquisition outcomes is unclear -- DOD and military department policies provide service chiefs multiple opportunities for involvement in oversight and management of acquisitions -- Concluding observations.
Summary Nearly three decades ago, Congress enacted the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act. As GAO has found, the act sought to strengthen civilian control over the acquisition function in DOD and establish a more streamlined chain of command for developing and procuring weapon systems. The reporting chain, which remains in effect today, runs upward from a program manager, through a program executive officer, to a service acquisition executive, and to the defense acquisition executive. Many acquisition reform studies have identified a need for increased accountability in DOD's acquisition management chain of command. The Senate Armed Services Committee Report accompanying the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 mandated that GAO review DOD's acquisition chain of command. This report examines (1) findings and recommendations made by studies that assessed the role of the military service chiefs; and (2) how current DOD and military department policies define the roles and responsibilities of the service chiefs in acquisition management.
Note Online resource, PDF version; title from cover (GAO web site, viewed Feb. 13, 2017).
Subject United States. Department of Defense -- Procurement -- Evaluation.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Weapons systems -- Procurement -- Evaluation.
Armed Forces -- Procurement -- Evaluation.
Genre/Form Online resources.
Electronic books.
Electronic government information.
Added Author United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Armed Services, sponsoring body.
Added Title Observations on whether the military service chiefs' role in managing and overseeing major weapon programs should be expanded
Running Title GAO-14-520 Defense acquisition chain of command
Gpo Item No. 0546-D (online)
Sudoc No. GA 1.13:GAO-14-520

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