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GAO: DoD Needs Goals, Metrics for Tech Transition Under Rapid Innovation Program

GAOThe Government Accountability Office has urged the Defense Department to set goals and identify success factors to boost the transition of technologies to defense acquisition programs under DoD’s Rapid Innovation Program.

GAO said in its report published Thursday that while vendor interest in the program is high, DoD can further drive the transition success of projects under RIP by establishing metrics that track factors such as military user commitment.

The report indicates that an estimated 435 projects were awarded for the 2014 solicitation period, but only 50 percent of the 44 completed RIP projects as of July 2014 have successfully transitioned.

GAO forwarded its recommendations to DoD in support of the department’s efforts to rapidly adopt innovative technologies to maintain military advantage.

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