Navy's Analysis of Costs and Benefits Regarding Naval Station Mayport Demonstrated Some Best Practices and Minimally Addressed Other Requirements

May 23, 2013

What GAO Found

The Navy's analysis of the costs and benefits of stationing additional DDG-51 class destroyers at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, demonstrated some applicable best practices for analyzing costs and benefits. GAO identified eight applicable best practices and applied them to the Navy's discussion of the costs and benefits of stationing DDG-51 class destroyers at Naval Station Mayport. GAO found that the Navy demonstrated the best practices of clearly defining a problem statement and objectives, and including key facts and assumptions. The Navy partially demonstrated the best practices of estimating costs and benefits, and identifying and discussing uncertainty. However, the Navy's analysis did not demonstrate the best practice of describing alternatives, and therefore, it did not compare alternatives or contain recommendations about them.

Navy's analysis minimally addressed other requirements, and it did not provide some information that would have been useful for oversight and decision making. 

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