Tag Archives: U.S. Government Accountability Office

GAO: DOD Must Work on Including Weapons Cybersecurity Requirements in Contracts

Cybersecurity

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report stating that the Department of Defense (DOD) must issue guidance on how to incorporate cybersecurity requirements for weapon systems into contracts. The watchdog noted that a DOD official has reported a need for the department to standardize its requirements for cybersecurity and improve how it communicates such requirements.

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GAO: DOD Must Assess Impact of Fixed-Price-Incentive Contracts on Major Acquisition Programs

GSA Contracts

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report stating that the Department of Defense (DOD) must evaluate its use of fixed-price-incentive (FPI) awards for major programs including the procurement of key weapons systems. GAO analyzed the DOD’s contracts for 101 MDAPs in FY 2010 through 2019 as part of the study.

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GAO: NIH Awarded Most SBIR Funding to Venture-Backed Companies in FY 19-20

SBIR Funding

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the departments of the Navy and Education awarded $31.6 million in obligations to nontraditional companies in fiscal years 2019 and 2020. The three agencies issued a total of 45 SBIR awards in a push to drive innovation and research in topic areas that have seen limited private funding, the watchdog noted.

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GAO: Program Delays Prevent DOD From Rolling Out Jam-Resistant GPS Tech

Nanosatellites

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has found that the Department of Defense (DOD) is yet to achieve widespread use of the “M-code” GPS technology due to limitations in satellite equipment to accommodate the jam-resistant capability. GAO said Tuesday that the DOD has seen delays in installing receiver equipment for satellites that will enable them to broadcast M-code signals.

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GAO: DoD Must Execute Cyber Vulnerability Assessments to Prevent Program Delays, Cost Increases

ICT Supply Chain

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has found that conducting cybersecurity vulnerability assessments could help the Department of Defense (DoD) address issues in program costs and schedule delays. GAO’s assessment states that 11 out of 15 major DoD information technology programs decreased cost estimates by up to 33.8 percent. 

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GAO: DHS Chief Acquisition Officer Must Improve Vetting of Components’ Procurement Executives

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report stating that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) chief acquisition officer needs to improve the assessment of DHS units’ component acquisition executives (CAE). GAO said Tuesday that the DHS chief acquisition officer selects CAEs that handle DHS components' acquisition-related policies, workforce, data colection and reporting functions.

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GAO Issues Report on Best Practices, Challenges in Agile Software Dev’t

GAO

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report stating that the federal government should consider implementing Agile software development practices to encourage early customer input and other organizational benefits. GAO said in the report published Tuesday that its Agile Assessment Guide outlines best practices for the software development concept including dynamic, team-based operations and requirements prioritization.

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