Statement Of Elmer B. Staats Comptroller General Of The United States Before The Subcommittee On Priorities And Economy In Government Joint Economic Committee
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
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We are pleased to appear here this morning at your request to discuss our current and planned work involving major weapons system acquisitions. In particular, we will discuss certain recommendations of the Commission on Government Procurements and the process within the Department of Defense relating to the generation of requirements for new weapon systems. The General Accounting Office has been deeply involved in reviews of the acquisition of major weapon systems since 1970 growing out of the interest in the Congress in independently developed data on the cost, schedule and performance of systems for which funding was being requested. I have attached to this statement a letter which I sent to the-Chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees in 1969 on this subject. During the past 6 years we have issued several hundred studies on individual systems, primarily for the use of the Armed Services and Appropriations Committees.
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