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In assessing acquisition outcomes, we found that DOD often entered into
contract arrangements with unclear requirements, which posed additional
risks to the government. DOD also lacked the capacity to provide
sufficient numbers of contracting, logistics, and other personnel, thereby
hindering oversight efforts.
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produced a $105 return for each dollar invested in the agency.2
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2GAO, Performance and Accountability Report: Fiscal Year 2006, GAO-07-2SP
(Washington, D.C.: Nov. 15, 2006).
GAO-07-385T Audit Approaches in Iraq
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United States. Government Accountability Office. Securing, Stabilizing, and Rebuilding Iraq: GAO Audit Approach and Findings, text, January 18, 2007; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc292452/m1/4/: accessed December 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.