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United States Government Accountability Office

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Works: 9,171 works in 13,118 publications in 1 language and 1,537,879 library holdings
Genres: Periodicals  Rules  Handbooks, manuals, etc 
Roles: Publisher
Classifications: TL214.F8, 629.253
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Vehicle fuel economy ( file )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,088 libraries worldwide
Hedge Funds regulation and nonregulation by United States( file )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,014 libraries worldwide
Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act by United States( file )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,013 libraries worldwide
Enforcing federal pollution control laws ( file )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 955 libraries worldwide
Wildlife refuges factors and concerns about future sustainability ( file )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 945 libraries worldwide
Hearings in the Senate and House of Representatives a guide for preparation and procedure ( file )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 933 libraries worldwide
Nuclear nonproliferation and the United States ( file )
5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 933 libraries worldwide
Defense energy management ( file )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 924 libraries worldwide
National emergency responses ( file )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 920 libraries worldwide
International journal of government auditing ( serial )
in English and held by 898 libraries worldwide
Credit and debit cards federal use ( file )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 811 libraries worldwide
Cybersecurity, cyberanalysis, and warning by United States( file )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 787 libraries worldwide
Offshore marine aquaculture ( file )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 771 libraries worldwide
Agricultural conservation converting grassland to cropland ( Computer File )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 671 libraries worldwide
Defense acquisitions assessments of selected major weapon programs : report to congressional committees by United States( file )
14 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 641 libraries worldwide
This is GAO's seventh annual assessment of selected Department of Defense (DOD) weapon programs. The report examines how well DOD is planning and executing its weapon acquisition programs, an area that has been on GAO's high-risk list since 1990. This year's report is in response to the mandate in the joint explanatory statement to the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009. The report includes (1) an analysis of the overall performance of DOD's 2008 portfolio of 96 major defense acquisition programs and a comparison to the portfolio performance at two other points in time--5 years ago and 1 year ago; (2) an analysis of current cost and schedule outcomes and knowledge attained by key junctures in the acquisition process for a subset of 47 weapon programs--primarily in development--from the 2008 portfolio; (3) data on other factors that could impact program stability; and (4) an update on changes in DOD's acquisition policies. To conduct our assessment, GAO analyzed cost, schedule, and quantity data from DOD's Selected Acquisition Reports for the programs in DOD's 2003, 2007, and 2008 portfolios. GAO also collected data from program offices on technology, design, and manufacturing knowledge, as well as on other factors that might affect program stability. GAO analyzed this data and compiled one- or two-page assessments of 67 weapon programs. Since 2003, DOD's portfolio of major defense acquisition programs has grown from 77 to 96 programs; and its investment in those programs has grown from $1.2 trillion to $1.6 trillion (fiscal year 2009 dollars). The cumulative cost growth for DOD's programs is higher than it was 5 years ago, but at $296 billion, it is less than last year when adjusted for inflation. For 2008 programs, research and development costs are now 42 percent higher than originally estimated and the average delay in delivering initial capabilities has increased to 22 months. DOD's performance in some of these areas is driven by older programs, as newer programs, on average, have not shown the same degree of cost and schedule growth. For 47 programs GAO assessed in-depth, the amount of knowledge that programs attained by key decision points has increased in recent years; but most programs still proceed with far less technology, design, and manufacturing knowledge than best practices suggest and face a higher risk of cost increases and schedule delays. Early system engineering, stable requirements, and disciplined software management were also important as programs that exhibited these characteristics experienced less cost growth and shorter schedule delays on average. Program execution could be hindered by workforce challenges. A majority of the programs GAO assessed were unable to fill all authorized program office positions, resulting in increased workloads, a reliance on support contractors, and less personnel to conduct oversight. In December 2008, DOD revised its policy for major defense acquisition programs to place more emphasis on acquiring knowledge about requirements, technology, and design before programs start and maintaining discipline once they begin. The policy recommends holding early systems engineering reviews; includes a requirement for early prototyping; and establishes review boards to monitor requirements changes--all positive steps. Some programs we assessed have begun implementing these changes
Global War on Terrorism reported obligations for the Department of Defense by Sharon L Pickup( file )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 603 libraries worldwide
Since 2001, Congress has provided the Department of Defense (DOD) with about $808 billion in supplemental and annual appropriations, as of September 2008, primarily for military operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). DOD's reported annual obligations for GWOT have shown a steady increase from about $0.2 billion in fiscal year 2001 to about $162.4 billion in fiscal year 2008. The United States' commitments to GWOT will likely involve the continued investment of significant resources, requiring decision makers to consider difficult trade-offs as the nation faces an increasing fiscal challenge. The magnitude of future costs will depend on several direct and indirect cost variables and, in some cases, decisions that have not yet been made. DOD's future costs will likely be affected by the pace and duration of operations, the types of facilities needed to support troops overseas, redeployment plans, and the amount of equipment to be repaired or replaced. DOD compiles and reports monthly and cumulative incremental obligations incurred to support GWOT in a monthly Supplemental and Cost of War Execution Report. DOD leadership uses this report, along with other information, to advise Congress on the costs of the war and to formulate future GWOT budget requests. DOD reports these obligations by appropriation, contingency operation, and military service or defense agency. The monthly cost reports are typically compiled within the 45 days after the end of the reporting month in which the obligations are incurred. DOD has prepared monthly reports on the obligations incurred for its involvement in GWOT since fiscal year 2001. As of September 2008, Congress has appropriated a total of about $808 billion primarily for GWOT operations since 2001. Of that amount, about $187 billion has been provided for fiscal year 2008. In addition, about $65.9 billion was appropriated in fiscal year 2008 for fiscal year 2009 but was not available for obligation in fiscal year 2008. DOD will likely request additional funds for fiscal year 2009. DOD has reported obligations of about $654.7 billion for military operations in support of the war from fiscal year 2001 through fiscal year 2008. The $152.2 billion difference between DOD's appropriations and reported obligations can generally be attributed to multiyear funding for procurement; military construction; and research, development, test, and evaluation from previous GWOT-related appropriations that have yet to be obligated; and obligations for non-DOD classified and other activities, which DOD considers to be non-GWOT related, that are not reported in DOD's cost-of-war reports. This difference also includes the $65.9 billion appropriated for fiscal year 2009. As part of our ongoing work, we are reviewing DOD's rationale for reporting its GWOT related obligations
Climate change financial risks ( file )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 593 libraries worldwide
National animal identification system by United States( Computer File )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 584 libraries worldwide
Principles of federal appropriations law annual update of the thrid edition ( file )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 565 libraries worldwide
Science Applications International Corporation by United States( Computer File )
3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 488 libraries worldwide
 
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Dīwān al-Musā[alif(hamzah)]alah li-Ḥukūmat al-Wilāyāt al-Mutaḥḥidah
GAO.
GAO (Government Accountability Office)
General Accountability Office.
Government Accountability Office.
United States. Comptroller General of the United States
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