Military cost control (61 - 70 of 79 items)
Military Exchange Systems: How They Can Provide More Benefits for Military Personnel
FPCD-80-50: Published: Jul 18, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1980.
Difficulties in recruiting and retaining personnel in the all-volunteer Armed Forces are causing Department of Defense (DOD) officials to seek ways to increase benefits to service personnel and make military life more attractive. Military exchanges provide authorized customers with articles and services at the lowest practicable prices and are a source of funds for other types of morale, welfare,...
Military Personnel Cuts Have Not Impaired Most Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Activities
FPCD-79-54: Published: Jul 11, 1979. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1979.
Morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) activities in the military services receive subsidies of more than $600 million in appropriated funds annually. Military resale activities such as exchanges, clubs, sports, and hobby shops take in more than $5 billion each year. In fiscal year (FY) 1978, and again in 1979, the Congress limited the number of military personnel assigned to these programs. The 19...
Defense Use of Military Personnel in Industrial Facilities--Largely Unnecessary and Very Expensive
FPCD-79-10: Published: May 1, 1979. Publicly Released: May 1, 1979.
After making a case study of military staffing at the Naval Weapons Support Center in Crane, Indiana, in 1976, GAO recommended that the Department of Defense (DOD) should use civilians instead of military personnel in an industrial environment. It was estimated that about 10,000 military personnel were assigned to commercial and industrial military support activities.A followup study at Crane and...
Defense Headquarters Staff Reductions: An Overview
FPCD-78-72: Published: Oct 2, 1978. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 1978.
After a comprehensive analysis in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) to determine ways for improving management and reducing manpower, the Secretary of Defense directed a 21.7% reduction, 448 positions, in OSD headquarters activities and a 22.4% reduction, 344 positions, in OSD field activities. The Secretary also instructed the military services to implement similar 20% to 25% staff red...
Proposal To Convert Base Support Functions From In-house to Contract Operations
LCD-78-320: Published: Jul 27, 1978. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 1978.
The Army has proposed to convert 19 base support functions at Fort Gordon, Georgia, from in-house to contract operations. A 1977 feasibility study showed potential cost savings of about $5.5 million by converting to contracting. The Army's study, however, did not accurately estimate the costs of in-house and contract performance. For contract costs, the study used an unreliable estimating techniqu...
Use of Government-Owned Warehouses for Storage of Military Members' Household Goods
LCD-78-220: Published: May 5, 1978. Publicly Released: May 5, 1978.
The Charleston Moving and Storage Company expressed concern that GAO was investigating the possibility of using government-owned warehouses rather than commercial warehouses for storing military members' household goods. GAO is not working in that area nor planning to review that matter in the near future. However, a January 1976 report noted potential savings that could be realized by making grea...
The Five Service Academies: A Followup Report
FPCD-77-78: Published: Nov 25, 1977. Publicly Released: Nov 25, 1977.
A followup review of the actions taken on recommendations made in reports on the service academies' student attrition, academic and military programs, and financial operations showed that the academies appear to be making changes in their environments to eliminate demotivational aspects associated with attrition and to establish programs to motivate their students. The service academies include th...
Army Reserve and Army National Guard Unit Reorganizations Disruptive: More Effective Controls Needed
LCD-77-439: Published: Oct 12, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 1977.
Army Reserve and Army National Guard unit reorganizations reduce readiness and cause costly turbulence, instability, and lost training momentum.Adverse effects that reorganizations have on the readiness of Army Reserve units could be reduced and the likelihood of successful reorganizations heightened if existing guidelines were followed more closely and additional data on which approvals of reorga...
Conferences under Department of Defense Auspices Held in Hawaii during Fiscal Year 1976 and Transition Quarter
FPCD-77-50: Published: May 26, 1977. Publicly Released: May 26, 1977.
The Army, Navy, Air Force, and other Defense agencies held 60 conferences in Hawaii during fiscal year 1976, and the transition quarter ending September 30, 1976. Estimated transportation and per diem costs for the conferences totaled $492,400.A lack of clear guidance in scheduling conferences may have led to unnecessary conference costs. Only the Navy has implemented a servicewide instruction for...
Disestablishment Of The Air Force Special Weapons Center
LCD-76-323: Published: Mar 17, 1976. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1976.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the savings and costs related to the disestablishment of the Air Force Special Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Forces Base, New Mexico.GAO noted that: (1) 111 base realignment actions are to be completed by 1977; (2) these actions are part of the Department of Defense's (DOD) continuing effort to divert resources from support and overhead activities...