A Decade of GAO’s Supply Chain Security Oversight

TitleA Decade of GAO’s Supply Chain Security Oversight
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMännistö, T, Hintsa, J
EditorBlecker, T, Kersten, W, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsOperational Excellence in Logistics and Supply Chains
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-7375-4056-8
Other NumbersISSN (print) 2365-4430, ISSN (online) 2365-5070
KeywordsCustoms and Border Protection, FP7-CORE, Government Accountability Office, Supply Chain Security

This study characterizes and synthetizes reports that the US Government Accountability
Office (GAO), an independent government watchdog organization, has published
on supply chain security (SCS) since 2005. The study follows a systematic and
transparent protocol for examining the 25 identified GAO documents. The document
review reveals benefits and drawbacks of US SCS policies, initiatives and regulations.
The findings allow contrasting of the US government’s approach to SCS to the one of
the European Commission. This comparison reveals differences and similarities in
supply chain security policies both sides of the Atlantic and allows the policy makers
to benchmark their approaches to supply chain security. The comparative analysis
also paves the road for further EU-US harmonization and mutual recognition of the
SCS programs. The study is part of European FP7-Project CORE.