OMB Circular A-76: Legislation Has Curbed Many Cost Studies in the Military Services : Report to Congressional Committees

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Page 2 - ... JEOPARDY. TODAY, CRITICAL PRODUCTION FACILITIES HAVE EXPERIENCED PROLONGED AND UNPLANNED SHUTDOWNS AND OTHERS ARE FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO MEET CURRENT OPERATIONAL STANDARDS. AS FAR BACK AS 1987, CONGRESS RECOGNIZED THAT A COMPREHENSIVE RATHER THAN PIECEMEAL APPROACH WAS NEEDED TO ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS. IN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR' FISCAL YEARS 1988 AND 1989 (PUBLIC LAW 100-180), CONGRESS DIRECTED THAT THE PRESIDENT CONDUCT A STUDY AND PREPARE A PLAN FOR MODERNIZING THE COMPLEX,...
Page 1 - This review consists of the following major segments: preparation of a performance work statement that, among other things, describes the work required and serves as the basis for contractor bids; and a management study containing the government's estimate of the lowest number and types of employees required to do the functions described in the work statement — generally referred to as the "most efficient organization...
Page 11 - US regulation of derivatives, (4) whether existing accounting rules resulted in financial reports that provided market participants and investors adequate information about firms' use of derivatives, and (5) what the implications of the international use of derivatives were for US regulations. We are sending copies of this report to other appropriate congressional committees and executive branch agencies, including the Secretary of the Treasury, the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission,...
Page 3 - Britain in all of World War II. In size and variety the development of atomic weapons has been no less remarkable. This development has been such that atomic weapons have virtually achieved conventional status within our armed services. In the United States services, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Marine Corps are all capable of putting this weapon to military use. But the dread secret and the fearful engines of atomic might are not ours alone. In the first place, the secret is possessed...
Page 7 - There was a lack of sufficiently high priority on ensuring that cost studies moved quickly through the various points of review. A low priority was particularly evident if those called upon to review studies were outside the A-76 office or the studied function. For example, a study might...
Page 8 - A- 76 cost-study process is lengthened, and those doing the study must do much more work to determine what the activity being studied actually accomplishes. In December 1990, the President's Council on Management Improvement...
Page 7 - There was a lack of necessary skills to prepare the work statement. Preparation of this document, which must precisely define the government's requirements, was often a collateral duty of employees in the function being studied. The frequent lack of staff with the necessary professional skills to lead cost studies contributed to the length of the completion time.
Page 11 - We are sending copies of this report to congressional committees, the Secretary of Defense, the secretaries of the Army, the Navy, the Air Force; and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Page 11 - ... publicly announce the contents earlier, we plan no further distribution of this report until 30 days from the date of issuance. At that time, we will send copies of the report to the Attorney General and the FBI Director. Upon request, we will send copies to other interested parties. Major contributors to this report are listed in appendix IV. Please contact me at 275-8389 if you have any questions concerning the report. Sincerely yours, Lowell Dodge Director, Administration of Justice Issues...
Page 4 - OMB Circular A-76: POP's Reported Savings Figures Are Incomplete and Inaccurate (GAO/GGD-90-58, Mar. 15, 1990). A-76 Program Issues (GAO/T-GGD-90-12, Dec. 5, 1989).

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