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    Click on the Attachments tab above for Speaker Slides and the following Highlights pages and reports:

    • Highlights of GAO-24-106528: Defense Contracts, Bettering Monitoring Could Improve DOD's Management of Award Lead Times
    • Full Report GAO-24-106528: Defense Contracts, Bettering Monitoring Could Improve DOD's Management of Award Lead Times
    • Highlights of GAO-18-467: Defense Contracts, DOD Should Develop a Strategy for Assessing Contract Award Time Frames
    • Full Report GAO-18-467: Defense Contracts, DOD Should Develop a Strategy for Assessing Contract Award Time Frames

     

    Event Title: GAO Highlights: DOD Procurement Administrative Lead Time (PALT)

    Event Date: 2 May 2024

    Event Times (Eastern): 1500-1630 EDT

    CLP’s: 1.5

    Event Description:

    DAU is pleased to host GAO as they share their research and analysis about procurement administrative lead time (PALT)—the time it takes to get from solicitation to award of a contract. 

    DOD leadership and contractors have expressed concern about the length of time it takes to award contracts, and PALT measures one important segment of that time. This report is a first opportunity to take a detailed look at DOD’s PALT performance for fiscal years 2019 through 2022 using the newly standardized data that became available starting in fiscal year 2019. 

    GAO found that PALT varied by characteristics such as total contract value, contracting approach, contract type, extent of competition, and the type of product or service procured. GAO also compared PALT across four DOD components (Army, Navy, Air Force and Defense Logistics Agency), gathered information on how these organizations manage PALT, and looked at how practices that could reduce PALT are reflected in DOD policies.

    GAO provides Congress and federal agencies with fact-based, non-partisan information that can improve government operations and save taxpayers billions of dollars.

     

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    Mona Sehgal, Acting Director, GAO

    Mona Sehgal

    Acting Director

    Mona Sehgal is an Acting Director in GAO’s Contracting and National Security Acquisitions team. She oversees audits related to army acquisitions, as well as defense and government-wide contracting. Previously, Mona she led engagements on a range of foreign assistance topics including economic assistance to Afghanistan and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, security assistance to Persian Gulf countries, China’s economic role in Africa, banking access constraints facing humanitarian organizations, democracy assistance to countries in Africa and Eastern Europe, efforts to improve the transparency and accuracy of foreign assistance data, and workforce diversity at foreign affairs agencies. Mona joined GAO in 2002. She has a master’s degree in international affairs from The George Washington University, and bachelor’s degrees in English literature from Rutgers University and Delhi University (India). 

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    Teague Lyons, Assistant Director, GAO

    Teague Lyons

    Assistant Director

    Mr. Lyons has been with GAO since 2007 and has spent more than a decade managing reviews of contracting and acquisition issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies. In 2013-2014, he was detailed to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, supporting a subcommittee overseeing federal contracting. He lives in Washington, DC.

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    Matthew Drerup, Senior Analyst, GAO

    Matthew Drerup

    Senior Analyst

    Mr. Drerup has been with GAO since 2004 and has spent almost two decades participating in and leading reviews of contracting, acquisition, and budget issues at the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. He lives in the Dayton, Ohio area.

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    James Cora, Analyst, GAO

    James Cora

    Analyst

    Mr. Cora has been with GAO since 2021 and has provided evaluative and research support for reviews of the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Missile Defense Agency. Prior to joining GAO, he spent 15 years as an intelligence analyst. He currently lives in Huntsville, Alabama.

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    Salvatore "Sam" Fazio, Professor of Systems Engineering, DAU

    Salvatore “Sam” Fazio

    Professor of Systems Engineering, DAU

    Professor Salvatore “Sam” Fazio is a Professor of Systems Engineering at the Defense Acquisition University, Kettering, Ohio. He retired from a career in the US Air Force where he worked in the acquisition, research, test and evaluation, operations, requirements, and policy development of spacecraft and missile systems.  He currently teaches program and acquisition management, engineering and technology management, leadership, and test and evaluation courses for DAU.


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