Global Terrorism: DOD Needs to Improve the Reliability of Cost Data and Provide Additional Guidance to Control Costs « General Accounting Office « U.S. Government « Downloads
|Date posted||July 18, 2011|
|Categories||General Accounting Office|
Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Department of Defense (DOD) has reported spending $191 billion through May 2005 to conduct the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). On an ongoing basis, DOD compiles and reports information on the incremental costs of the war, and uses these data in preparing future funding requests. To assist Congress in its oversight of war spending, GAO assessed (1) whether DOD’s reported war costs are based on reliable data, (2) the extent to which DOD’s existing financial management policy is applicable to war spending, and (3) whether DOD has implemented cost controls as operations mature. GAO focused primarily, but not exclusively, on fiscal year 2004 reported costs—the latest full year of data available at the time of GAO’s review.