GAO: Defense Secretary Should Require Army to Select Point of Contact for ACPV Information

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The Government Accountability Office has urged the secretary of defense to instruct the U.S. Army to select a point of contact for information related to armored commercial passenger-carrying vehicles.

The GAO said in a report published Friday that DoD and its components including the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and the Defense Intelligence Agency have multiple guidelines on ACPV acquisition similar to the State Department‘s guidance material.

DoD credited the Federal Acquisition Regulation as its basis for guidelines on procurement activities which cover procurement methods, inspection, oversight and warranty elements.

The government watchdog agency noted that the DoD components have generally complied with the ACPV guidance and policies as well as with minimum armoring standards.

GAO said that the Army has opportunities to further develop its in-progress inspection processes which currently rely on vendors’ quality control activities.

The report added that most of the DoD components have designated central office and mechanisms tasked to report ACPV information and other ACPV-related matters such as procurement and inspection methods.

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