High Risk Series:

Management of Overseas Real Property

HR-93-15: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.

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GAO provided information on the Department of State's Office of Foreign Building Operations' (FBO) management of government overseas real estate programs, focusing on the need for increased government facility oversight to prevent mismanagement and waste.

GAO found that: (1) unapproved overseas facility construction, over-standard housing for foreign-based U.S. employees, insufficient maintenance requirements, and questionable real estate acquisition and disposal decisions contributed to program waste and mismanagement; (2) the FBO $2.1-billion security construction program lacked clear program objectives, planning, and coordination which resulted in significant delays and cost overruns; (3) internal control weaknesses in FBO property management included inadequate overseas post oversight, inadequate financial information systems, insufficient funding for facility rehabilitation and maintenance, and poor integration and planning of foreign policy and security objectives; (4) FBO completed only 8 of the 57 projects under the security construction program, failed to adequately assess contractor performance, and lacked sufficient staff to manage overseas facility construction; and (5) FBO needs to establish focused priorities for overseas construction projects, enhance and increase contractor evaluations, hire additional qualified staff to survey maintenance conditions at foreign posts, require yearly maintenance inspections, streamline and update housing standards, and improve information systems.

Below are the reports in this series:

High Risk Series: Farmers Home Administration's Farm Loan Programs HR-93-1, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Guaranteed Student Loans HR-93-2, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Bank Insurance Fund HR-93-3, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Resolution Trust Corporation HR-93-4, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation HR-93-5, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Medicare Claims HR-93-6, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Defense Weapons Systems Acquisition HR-93-7, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Defense Contract Pricing HR-93-8, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Department of Energy Contract Management HR-93-9, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Superfund Program Management HR-93-10, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: NASA Contract Management HR-93-11, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Defense Inventory Management HR-93-12, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Internal Revenue Service Receivables HR-93-13, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Managing the Customs Service HR-93-14, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Management of Overseas Real Property HR-93-15, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Federal Transit Administration Grant Management HR-93-16, Dec 1, 1992

High Risk Series: Asset Forfeiture Programs HR-93-17, Dec 1, 1992

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