Defense Logistics Agency Inspector General Inspections Should Change From a Compliance to a Systems Approach

FGMSD-80-24: Published: Dec 27, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 1980.

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A review was made of the inspector general operations in the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The DLA has no audit capability of its own and receives only limited audit coverage from the Defense Audit Service. This lack of audit coverage increases the need for a strong inspection system. Inspection reports provide some valuable information; however, the majority of them are compliance oriented and contain many minor findings.

Inspections can be improved by directing them more toward identifying significant systems problems. Duplication between the Inspector General, the Defense Audit Service, and other review groups is not a problem. However, the Inspector General does not have an adequate feedback system for determining the Service's responsiveness to audit requests submitted by the Inspector General. The Defense Logistics Agency inspection system is totally centralized with all inspection personnel reporting to the Inspector General. Temporary inspectors represent less than 2 percent of the total inspection staff-days charged. Using more temporaries could allow for more frequent inspection coverage and provide other advantages. The Department of Defense has implemented a new policy for releasing Inspector General reports and records to GAO, and the new method has proven to be satisfactory.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Director of DLA should direct his Inspector General to: (1) modify his inspections by concentrating more on systems problems, developing causes of these problems, and reducing reporting of minor deficiencies; (2) establish a system for identifying which audit requests submitted to the Defense Audit Service are not being addressed, so the Inspector General can identify areas which he or other Agency activities should inspect; and (3) increase the use of temporary inspectors as a means of providing more frequent inspection coverage. Temporary inspectors should be provided guidance and training on their role as inspectors, their work should be monitored to promote objectivity, and they should not have a routine working relationship with the inspected unit.

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