Defense Acquisitions: Department of Defense Actions on Program Manager Empowerment and Accountability

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "In November 2005, we issued a report on the environment within which the Department of Defense (DOD) program managers perform their work. We identified areas where program managers believe they are insufficiently empowered to execute programs, and therefore, because much is beyond their control, accountability is difficult. We also compared department policies and practices to those of leading commercial companies we visited and discussed actions DOD could take to improve program manager accountability, while also providing them with timely support as they manage the development of weapon systems. ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. November 9, 2007.

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "In November 2005, we issued a report on the environment within which the Department of Defense (DOD) program managers perform their work. We identified areas where program managers believe they are insufficiently empowered to execute programs, and therefore, because much is beyond their control, accountability is difficult. We also compared department policies and practices to those of leading commercial companies we visited and discussed actions DOD could take to improve program manager accountability, while also providing them with timely support as they manage the development of weapon systems. We recommended that DOD take a number of actions to ensure program managers are well positioned to successfully execute acquisitions and be held accountable. The John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 directed the Secretary of Defense to develop a comprehensive strategy for enhancing the role of DOD program managers in developing and carrying out defense acquisition programs and to revise guidance for major defense acquisition programs to address the qualifications, resources, responsibilities, tenure, and accountability of program managers for the program development and execution periods. In addition, GAO was directed to report on the actions taken by the Secretary of Defense to implement the requirements of the Act. To identify DOD actions to implement the Act, we met with DOD officials and reviewed documents they provided to determine what actions were planned to address and implement the congressional mandate, including DOD's required strategy. We reviewed existing DOD policies, directives, and guidance on the qualifications, resources, responsibilities, authority, tenure, and accountability of program managers. Finally, we made extensive use of our prior work in this and other related areas. We conducted our work from January to September 2007 in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Defense Acquisitions: Department of Defense Actions on Program Manager Empowerment and Accountability, text, November 9, 2007; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc298685/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.