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Defense Logistics: Improved Analysis and Cost Data Needed to Evaluate the Cost-Effectiveness of Performance Based Logistics : Government Accountability Office (GAO) , December , 2008

December 2008

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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From the report: "Although DOD’s guidance recommends that business case analyses be used to guide decision making regarding the implementation of PBL to provide weapon system support, the services are not consistent in their use of such analyses. About half of the DOD program offices responsible for the 29 PBL arrangements GAO reviewed either did not use a business case analysis or could not provide documentation for significant parts of their analyses. Almost all of the remaining analyses were missing one or more of the recommended elements in DOD’s instruction for economic analysis. Finally, business case analyses were often not updated in accordance with service policies and guidance. Program office use of these analyses is inconsistent because DOD only recommends, but does not require, that they be prepared and because DOD’s guidance on preparing a business case analysis is not comprehensive and does not adequately specify the criteria to be included. Also, most of the services have not established effective internal controls to ensure that the analyses are prepared or that they provide a consistent and comprehensive assessment. As a result, DOD has implemented PBL arrangements without the benefit of sound analyses that ensure that the chosen approach will provide the most cost-effective support option."



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