Defense Infrastructure: Actions Needed to Enhance Oversight of Construction Projects Supporting Military Contingency Operations
U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington United States
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For about 15 years, DOD has funded contingency construction projects to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The range, complexity, and cost of construction vary e.g., from concrete pads for tents to brick-and-mortar barracks. DOD funds the projects through MILCON or O and M appropriations. Base commanders can use O and M to fund lower cost projects. Senate Report 113-174 includes a provision for GAO to review issues related to military construction in the CENTCOM area of responsibility in support of contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. GAO evaluated, among other things, the extent to which DOD has 1 tracked the universe and cost of all contingency construction projects in support of contingency operations there, 2 developed a process to determine the appropriate level of construction for MILCON-funded contingency construction projects, and 3 developed a process for reevaluating contingency construction projects when missions change. GAO reviewed relevant guidance and project data.