Category Archives: Quick Look

NASA Celebrates Moon Landing 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago this Saturday, humankind took a giant leap as NASA astronauts took their first small steps on the Moon. In today’s WatchBlog, we discuss some of NASA’s recent advancements since that giant leap, as well as findings from … Continue reading

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Troubling Trends in DOD’s Weapon Programs

The Department of Defense’s 82 largest complex programs cost an estimated $1.69 trillion. We annually assess how DOD is managing and overseeing these major acquisition programs in our “Quick Look” reports. In today’s WatchBlog, we discuss some of our observations … Continue reading

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Our Annual “Quick Look” at Homeland Security’s Major Acquisitions

To help it carry out its many missions, which include preventing terrorism and managing U.S. borders, the Department of Homeland Security makes major purchases like ships, air passenger screening equipment, and IT. In fact, DHS estimates it will invest more … Continue reading

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Are Acquisition Reforms Leading to Better Outcomes at DOD?

Over the past two decades, we’ve issued annual “Quick Looks” at the Department of Defense’s largest and most expensive acquisition programs. Our work continued this year with a review of DOD’s 86 major weapons programs, which totaled more than $1.66 … Continue reading

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After Showing Improvement, Trends for NASA’s Major Projects Slip Back

Every year, we look at NASA’s major projects to see how well they’re making progress against their cost and schedule goals—which we call our “Quick Look” review. This year, these projects included a satellite that will study polar ice sheets, … Continue reading

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The Troubled Voyage of Navy Shipbuilding

In 2007, the Navy embarked on a plan for a 330-ship fleet by 2018. Congress supported this plan, appropriating $24 billion more than the Navy’s budget request of $182 billion. Things have not gone according to plan. Today, the Navy … Continue reading

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A “Quick Look” at DOD, NASA, and DHS Acquisitions

For the past 15 years, we’ve been reviewing the federal government’s largest acquisition programs in our “Quick Looks”—and our latest reports featured the Department of Defense, NASA, and the Department of Homeland Security. While each agency serves a different mission, … Continue reading

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Trends in Federal Contracting

In fiscal year 2015, the federal government spent more than $430 billion on contracts for goods and services—almost 40 percent of all discretionary spending. These contracts covered everything from products such as major weapons systems and IT equipment, to services … Continue reading

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Podcast Roundup – Recent Podcasts You May Have Missed

It’s been a busy spring for podcasting! If you’re not subscribed on iTunes or our RSS feed, you may be missing out. Today’s WatchBlog catches you up on some of our recent podcasts.

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Our 2016 “Quick Looks” at DOD, NASA, and DHS

Every year, we review the federal government’s priciest and therefore riskiest acquisition programs through our “Quick Looks.” The 3 agencies we focus on are the Department of Defense, NASA, and Department of Homeland Security. While these agencies have very different … Continue reading

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