Summary of DOD Acquisition Program Audit Coverage
INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPT OF DEFENSE ARLINGTON VA
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This report will provide the DoD audit community with information to support their planning efforts and provide management with information on the extent of audit coverage of DoD acquisition programs. As of March 2001, DoD had 1,308 acquisition programs exclusive of information technology programs. The primary objective of Defense acquisition is to acquire quality products that satisfy user needs with measurable improvements to mission accomplishment and operational support, in a timely manner, and at a fair and reasonable price. An acquisition program is a directed, funded effort designed to provide a new, improved, or continuing material, weapon, or information system capability, or service, in response to a validated need. DoD categorizes its acquisition programs based on the programs level of review, decision authority, and applicable procedures. Acquisitions are categorized as levels I, II, III, and IV. Eighty-five of the 1,308 programs are major programs Category I and are estimated to cost about 782 billion. The remaining 1,223 smaller programs Categories II, III, and IV are estimated to cost about 638 billion. In semiannual reports and in testimony to Congress, the Inspector General, DoD, has reported Defense acquisition as one of the top 10 DoD management challenges. Also, the General Accounting Office has identified DoD weapon system acquisition as a high-risk area.
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