Accession Number : ADA587301
Title : Defense Acquisition Workforce: The Air Force Needs to Evaluate Changes in Funding for Civilians Engaged in Space Acquisition
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
Personal Author(s) : Farrell, Brenda S ; Atkinson, Lori ; Brown, Bruce ; Kerrison, Foster ; Manning, Amanda
Report Date : Jul 2013
Pagination or Media Count : 25
Abstract : The United States and DOD depend on space assets to support national security, civil, and commercial activities. Having sufficient quantities of qualified personnel to acquire space assets on which DOD expects to spend $8 billion in fiscal year 2013 is critical to DOD s ability to carry out its mission. Approximately 1,800 federal civilians at the Air Force SMC manage the acquisition of space systems. During fiscal year 2012, the Air Force implemented a pilot program that moved $187.1 million for SMC's acquisition civilian personnel from its O&M to its RDT&E appropriation. GAO was mandated to review the Air Force pilot program. This report addresses (1) the extent to which the Air Force evaluated the impact of the pilot, and (2) the processes in place to manage realignment of the funds. GAO obtained and reviewed documentation of the pilot implementation; compared the implementation with established practices GAO has identified for implementing and evaluating pilot programs; and interviewed officials at the Air Force and DOD. GAO also reviewed applicable regulations and guidance about realigning funds and interviewed knowledgeable officials. GAO recommends that the Air Force evaluate the pilot program, to determine the impact of moving funding for acquisition civilian personnel to the RDT&E appropriation, and the value of expanding this change to other Air Force civilian workforces. In written comments on a draft of this report, DOD concurred with all four recommendations.
Descriptors : *AIR FORCE BUDGETS , *CIVILIAN PERSONNEL , *MILITARY PROCUREMENT , *SPACE SYSTEMS , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE