Tag Archives: Government Accountability Office

Raytheon Intelligence and Space Awarded $228M USSF Contract for OCX Ground Systems; Barbara Baker Quoted


Raytheon Intelligence and Space has been awarded a U.S. Space Force (USSF) contract for a follow-on control system for the GPS satellite constellation, estimated to be valued at $228 million. The contract will expand Raytheon’s current work on an innovative ground system for Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) GPS constellation. 

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GAO: DOD Should Improve Data, Clarify Roles to Better Monitor Business Reform Efforts


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Defense (DOD) enhance performance measures with regard to business transformation efforts and come up with a process to standardize the documentation of cost savings to ensure that they are aligned with DOD’s definitions of reform. “However, DOD needs better data about how it performs its business functions,” the report reads.

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GAO: VA Should Improve Schedule, Cost Estimates for Financial Management Tech Modernization Effort

Financial Management

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initiate steps to come up with reliable cost and schedule estimates for the Financial Management Business Transformation (FMBT) program using best practices outlined in GAO’s cost estimating and schedule assessment guides. The FMBT initiative seeks to replace VA’s aging financial and acquisition systems with a single integrated platform.  

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GAO: Federal Government Should Prioritize Cybersecurity, IT Acquisitions Management

NCCoE Post-Quantum

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on the federal government to address two high-risk areas: ensuring cybersecurity and improving information technology acquisitions and operations. GAO recommended that the federal government develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for national cybersecurity and global cyberspace, mitigate supply chain risks and improve the federal response to cyber incidents

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GAO: VA Must Update Supply Chain Management Strategy

Supply Chain

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must address its challenges in supply chain operations and establish a comprehensive strategy for logistics and acquisition management. GAO noted that it recognizes the VA’s efforts to participate in initiatives like the Defense Logistics Agency's (DLA) Warstopper program intended to streamline critical supply access for emergencies.

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GAO: Government Needs Urgent Actions to Secure Federal Systems, Protect Critical Infrastructure

NIST Cybersecurity

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on the federal government to accelerate efforts to carry out critical actions to address major cybersecurity challenges. According to the report, GAO has made approximately 3,300 recommendations to help agencies address lapses in cybersecurity since 2010. Of those recommendations, over 750 are not yet implemented as of Dec. 2020.

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GAO: Congress, Administration Should Focus on Establishing Long-Term Fiscal Strategy

Fiscal Strategy

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that Congress and the administration implement a long-term fiscal strategy after the COVID-19 pandemic to help the country maintain its position to meet its social and security requirements and address public health emergencies and other future events. “Absent any action, debt held by the public is projected to surpass 200 percent of GDP by 2048,” the GAO report reads.

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GAO: DOD Should Document Leadership Roles, Responsibilities for Hypersonic Weapons Development


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Defense (DOD) define the roles, authorities and responsibilities of DOD organizations and leadership positions responsible for hypersonic weapons development and acquisition efforts to ensure coordination. The congressional watchdog identified 70 hypersonic weapons development projects spread across the Pentagon as well as the Department of Energy (DOE) and NASA in support of DOD. 

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Congress Holds Hearing On DOD Electromagnetic Spectrum Capability Weaknesses

U.S. Congress

A panel of experts stated at a hearing before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies and Information Systems that the U.S. military must better integrate electromagnetic spectrum operations throughout its ranks to succeed against U.S. adversaries. C4ISRNET reported the panel’s statements on Monday. 

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VA Secretary Denis McDonough Announces Review of EHR Modernization Program

Denis McDonough

Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Denis McDonough announced a review of the VA’s electronic health record (EHR) modernization in a move welcomed by lawmakers. The review follows in the wake of a call from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for the VA to stop the system roll-out to fix critical issues. 

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