Showing posts with label GAO. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GAO. Show all posts

Monday, March 9, 2015

Paper - MODA Program

The United States Government Accountability Officer (GAO) has published a report for Congress entitled Building Partner Capacity: DoD Should Improve its Reporting to Congress on Challenges to Expanding Ministry of Defense Advisors Program, February 2015. The GAO report has found that the Department of Defense has expanded the Global Ministry of Defense Advisors (MODA) program more slowly than planned. The Ministry of Defense Advisors (MODA) program partners DoD civilian experts with foreign defense and security officials to build core competencies in key areas such as strategy and policy, human resources management, acquisition and logistics, and financial management. The program began in Afghanistan in July 2010, and Congress authorized the Secretary of Defense, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, to carry out a program to assign DoD civilian employees as advisors to the ministries of defense of foreign countries. You can read the GAO report here - "Building Partner Capacity" at the PKSOI website. Read a DoD MODA program overview.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Report - GAO Equipment Drawdown

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a report entitled Progress Made, but Improved Controls in Decision Making Could Reduce Risk of Unnecessary Expenditures, GAO-14-768, September 30, 2014. The report looks at the retrograde or destruction of equipment and vehicles and provides recommendations on how to save some money. A summary of the report is in quotes below. The report is available here -
"The Department of Defense (DOD) has made some progress in its drawdown of equipment from Afghanistan, but ongoing uncertainties about the future force in Afghanistan could affect progress of the drawdown. Specifically, from October 2012 to October 2013, DOD returned from Afghanistan or destroyed 14,664 vehicles, an average of 1,128 vehicles per month. Future progress toward drawdown goals will depend on equipment turn-in rates, which, in turn, depend on having more information about the post-2014 force level and mission. In addition, over the course of the last 8 months of the above period, the number of vehicles turned in by units for the drawdown averaged 55 percent of what had been forecast. This is because some vehicles that had been forecast for turn-in were instead redistributed to other units in Afghanistan. A senior DOD official stated that units have retained equipment because of uncertainty regarding future operational needs in Afghanistan. Once the post-2014 force level and mission are announced, these vehicle turn-in rates may increase."

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Report - Afghanistan: Key Oversight Issues (Feb 13)

The GAO has released a report entitled "Afghanistan: Key Oversight Issues" dated February 2013. The report to Congress provides updates on Afghanistan's security environment, the transition of lead security to Afghan security forces, future cost and sustainability of Afghan security forces, DoD planning for the draw down of equipment in Afghanistan, Afghanistan's donor dependence, oversight of accountability of U.S. funds to support Afghanistan, and more.