Weapons of Mass Destruction:

DOD Report Accounting for Cooperative Threat Reduction Assistance Needs Improvement

NSIAD-95-191: Published: Sep 29, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1995.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) report on Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program assistance provided to the former Soviet Union.

GAO found that DOD has: (1) made some progress in auditing and evaluating CTR activities; (2) worked to resolve recipient nations' concerns over audit and examination procedures; (3) conducted five audits at sites in three countries as of July 1995; and (4) planned a monthly audit of other CTR-provided assistance through the end of fiscal year 1995. In addition, GAO found that the DOD report: (1) does not fully present all of DOD audit and examination activities for fiscal year 1995, nor does it describe how DOD plans such activities; (2) does not describe the condition of the assistance and contains outdated and inaccurate listings of CTR assistance deliveries; and (3) raises questions about the basis for the DOD programwide determination that CTR assistance has been accounted for and used for its intended purpose.

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  • Review Pending-GAO has not yet assessed implementation status.
  • Open-Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.
  • Closed-implemented-Actions that satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.
  • Closed-not implemented-While the intent of the recommendation has not been satisfied, time or circumstances have rendered the recommendation invalid.
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    • Open
    • Closed - implemented
    • Closed - not implemented

    Recommendations for Executive Action

    Recommendation: If Congress decides to require the Secretary of Defense to submit similar reports in the future, the Secretary of Defense should take steps to ensure that such reports contain current and complete data on CTR assistance deliveries, including the current condition of the equipment provided.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

    Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Section 1206 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 requires DOD to submit an annual report on U.S. efforts to ensure that assistance provided under the CTR program is fully accounted for and is being used for the purposes intended. DOD issued its 1995 report accounting for CTR assistance provided to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan in December 1996.

    Recommendation: If Congress decides to require the Secretary of Defense to submit similar reports in the future, the Secretary of Defense should take steps to ensure that such reports integrate available sources of information on CTR assistance to show what assistance is accounted for and is used for its intended purpose.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

    Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Section 1206 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 requires DOD to submit an annual report on U.S. efforts to ensure that assistance provided under the CTR program is fully accounted for and is being used for the purposes intended. DOD issued its 1995 report accounting for CTR assistance provided to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan in December 1996. Although DOD should have delivered its report to Congress in April 1996, GAO reported in February 1997 (GAO/NSIAD-97-84) that DOD had followed the recommendation.

    Recommendation: If Congress decides to require the Secretary of Defense to submit similar reports in the future, the Secretary of Defense should take steps to ensure that such reports link this information to its overall determination as of a specific date.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

    Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Section 1206 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 requires DOD to submit an annual report on U.S. efforts to ensure that assistance provided under the CTR program is fully accounted for and is being used for the purposes intended. DOD issued its 1995 report accounting for CTR assistance provided to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan in December 1996. Although DOD should have delivered its report to Congress in April 1996, GAO reported in February 1997 (GAO/NSIAD-97-84) that DOD had followed the recommendation.

    Recommendation: If Congress decides to require the Secretary of Defense to submit similar reports in the future, the Secretary of Defense should take steps to ensure that such reports detail planned audit and examination activities for the year ahead.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

    Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Section 1206 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 requires DOD to submit an annual report on U.S. efforts to ensure that assistance provided under the CTR program is fully accounted for and is being used for the purposes intended. DOD issued its 1995 report accounting for CTR assistance provided to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan in December 1996. Although DOD should have delivered its report to Congress in April 1996, GAO reported in February 1997 (GAO/NSIAD-97-84) that DOD had followed the recommendation.

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