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GAO Warns of Cost, Schedule Risks to Coast Guard’s Icebreaker Shipbuilding Program

The Government Accountability Office said in a recent audit report that the U.S. Coast Guard's Heavy Polar Icebreaker Program runs the risk of "breaching its established baselines" because these were established before a preliminary design review had been conducted. According to the HPIB acquisition framework, the preliminary design review will be conducted only after the shipbuilding contract is awarded in 2019. The GAO recommended that the Department of Homeland Security require the Coast Guard to revise the HPIB program baselines after the design review is completed and before ship construction begins.

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GAO Recommends DoD Issue Criteria for Monitoring Utilities Contracts

The Defense Department has received a recommendation from the Government Accountability Office directing military departments and the Defense Logistics Agency to follow a criteria for measuring the performance of utilities privatization contracts.

The GAO said in a report published Tuesday that military departments have failed to note the costs and reliability of utility commodities and modifications, as well as evaluate contractor performance during utility privatization efforts for military installations.

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CRS Describes Four Ways to Establish Space Force in New Report

The Congressional Research Service recently published a report describing four possible ways by which either Congress or the president could establish a space force. A space force could be set up through an internal reorganization within an existing military service branch, the creation of a new service branch, the establishment of a new unified combatant command, or the putting up of a new military department.

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GAO: NASA Should Standardize Loss of Crew Risk Computation

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that NASA enforce a standard method for establishing the likelihood of astronauts being permanently injured or killed while on board a spacecraft. NASA’s administrator should instruct pertinent agency heads “to collectively determine and document… how the agency will determine its risk tolerance level with respect …

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GSA IG: Agency’s TTS & IT Office Should Address 18F Compliance with IT Security Policy

The General Services Administration‘s Office of the Inspector General has recommended the Technology Transformation Service and GSA Information Technology offices to identify all 18F information systems and address compliance with the agency’s IT security policy. According to a report published Tuesday, GSA OIG also said TTS and GSA IT should oversee 18F’s compliance with …

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GAO Reviews FAA’s NextGen Modernization Program

A new government audit says the Federal Aviation Administration has received an estimated $7.4 billion for activities to implement a program designed to transform current radar-based air transportation systems into one product that will utilize automated aircraft position reporting, digital communications and satellite navigation. FAA has received funds for the Next Generation …

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GAO Evaluates DoD’s Efforts to Develop Inventory Monitoring Strategy

The Defense Department is working to implement eight open recommendations from the Government Accountability Office on issues regarding the inventory of contracted services such as the development of a strategy to compile the inventory and define roles of stakeholders. A GAO study published Monday says DoD faces issues such as an underlying inventory …

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GSA IG: 18F Group Records Estimated $31.7 Cumulative Net Loss Between FY 2014 and 3Q FY 2016

The General Services Administration‘s inspector general says GSA’s 18F organization has recorded a cumulative net loss of approximately $31.7 million between fiscal year 2014 and the third quarter of fiscal year 2016. A report GSA’s IG published Monday highlighted what auditors believe were financial projections and increased staffing levels as well as the allotment of staff time …

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