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Counterfeit Parts: DOD Needs to Improve Reporting and Oversight to Reduce Supply Chain Risk

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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The DOD supply chain is vulnerable to the risk of counterfeit parts, which have the potential to delay missions and ultimately endanger service members. To effectively identify and mitigate this risk, DOD began requiring its agencies in 2013 and its contractors in 2014, to report data on suspect counterfeit parts. A Senate report included a provision for GAO to review DODs efforts to secure its supply chain from counterfeit parts. This report examines, among other things, 1 the use of GIDEP to report counterfeits, 2 GIDEPs effectiveness as an early warning system, and 3 DODs assessment of defense contractors systems for detecting and avoiding counterfeits. GAO analyzed data from GIDEP for fiscal years 2011 through 2015 reviewed DOD policies, procedures, and documents and met with agency officials and seven selected contractors based on dollar value from contracts that included a new counterfeit clause.

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