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GAO: Defense Dept Supply Chain Reporting Tasks Need Overhaul

GAOThe Government Accountability Office has called on the Defense Department to overhaul the way it oversees the defense agencies’ supply chain reporting tasks in an effort to help minimize risks.

GAO said Tuesday the DoD’s government-industry data exchange program fell short of its function as an early warning system after the government watchdog found insufficient reporting by the Defense Logistics Agency on suspect counterfeit parts.

The government watchdog also revealed that the agency lacks a standard process for requiring a set amount of evidence to warrant a report on suspect counterfeit parts.

DoD did not clarify to contractors how their systems will be assessed in order to detect electronic counterfeit parts, according to GAO.

GAO urged the agency to “develop standard processes for when to report a part as suspect counterfeit, establish guidance for when to limit access to GIDEP reports and clarify criteria to contractors for their detection systems.”

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