As the Defense Department looks to buy more services, it’s going to need to come up with action plans to better account for spending in future years, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.
Timothy DiNapoli, GAO’s director for contracting and national security acquisitions, wrote in a report to Congress that while DoD has identified areas to improve, it has yet to develop clear plans that manage spending services acquisitions over future fiscal years.
“DoD’s October 2020 report discusses the actions DOD has taken, or intends to take, to improve its management of service acquisitions, including actions to address many of the issues we have identified in our past work,” the Feb. 22 report states. “However, DoD’s report does not address our open 2016 recommendations intended to better position DoD to make informed decisions regarding the volume and type of services that should be acquired over the [Future Years Defense Program].”
GAO, which has flagged service contract spending as a high-risk issue since 2001, evaluated the Defense Department’s October report to Congress and found that DOD made strides but failed to lay out a full plan to incorporate spending on services in the future.
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