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Open Recommendations

Defense Transportation: The Army Should Take Action to Better Ensure Adequate Rail Support to Combatant Commanders

GAO-21-411
Aug 23, 2021
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3 Open Recommendations
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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that Army Materiel Command determines the requirement for trained rail operating crews in the event of a mobilization and compares that requirement against its existing capability to meet deployment demands at key CONUS installations in support of large-scale combat operations. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Army Materiel Command analyzes and quantifies the risk associated with the number of trained rail operating crews required and available to support a large-scale mobilization and takes action to mitigate any associated risk, as appropriate. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should ensure that the Commander of the Army Materiel Command—the single manager for Army captive rail-fleet operations—requires a quality assurance program for the oversight of the condition of Army rail track, and implement such a program. The quality assurance program should at a minimum ensure the timely and complete inspection of rail track, the appropriate use of waivers for track use, the tracking and monitoring of repairs, the prioritization of rail improvement efforts, and periodic reporting of updated track conditions to decision makers. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Defense Nuclear Enterprise: DOD Can Improve Processes for Monitoring Long-Standing Issues

GAO-21-486
Aug 18, 2021
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4 Open Recommendations
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Director of CAPE—as the office responsible for providing analytic guidance and overseeing the analysis of the recommendations—in coordination with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy, and the Joint Staff Deputy Director for Strategic Stability, as other co-chairs of the Nuclear Deterrent Senior Oversight Group, provide guidance that the Nuclear Deterrent Working Group members periodically assess the process and outcome metrics and milestones for the remaining 2014 nuclear enterprise review recommendations to determine whether they are the most appropriate for evaluating implementation progress and whether the actions, once implemented, address the underlying problems. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, should ensure that the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, as co-chairs of SNTR's Nuclear Transition Steering Committee, document the roles and responsibilities of the SNTR and its supporting organizations. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, should ensure that the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, as co-chairs of SNTR's Nuclear Transition Steering Committee, document how the SNTR will communicate with other organizations that have oversight responsibilities for portions of the nuclear enterprise. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, should ensure that the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, as co-chairs of SNTR's Nuclear Transition Steering Committee, document guidance that identifies the means for monitoring long-standing issues including the associated metrics and information sources. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Military Installations: DOD Should Consider Various Support Services when Designating Sites as Remote or Isolated

GAO-21-276
Jul 29, 2021
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2 Open Recommendations
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense, in collaboration with the Secretaries of the military departments and the Commandant of the Marine Corps, should develop policy for designating installations in the United States as remote or isolated that includes a process for considering support services for servicemembers and dependents in areas besides morale, welfare, and recreation. (Recommendation 1)
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DOD concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense, in collaboration with the Secretaries of the military departments and the Commandant of the Marine Corps, should systematically assess the risks associated with not having needed support services for servicemembers and their dependents stationed in remote or isolated areas and subsequently develop strategies to better meet those needs as appropriate. (Recommendation 2)
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DOD concurred with this recommendation. When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Tactical Wheeled Vehicles: Army Should Routinely Update Strategy and Improve Communication with Industry

GAO-21-460
Jul 15, 2021
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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should direct the appropriate offices within the Army to routinely update its tactical wheeled vehicle strategy to account for evolving information and circumstances. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should direct the appropriate offices within the Army to better coordinate external communication with industry to assure their assessment of needs for tactical wheeled vehicles are consistently communicated. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
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