High Risk Series:

Defense Inventory Management

HR-95-5: Published: Feb 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1995.

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GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) management of its inventories that support its operating forces.

GAO found that: (1) DOD has achieved some inventory reductions, but it has made little overall progress in correcting long-standing inventory management problems that perpetuate overbuying, excessive supply storage, and waste; (2) inventory funding and levels have remained high despite the downsizing of military forces; (3) DOD has failed to give its personnel the the tools and incentives to properly manage inventory; (4) the two main DOD initiatives have not yet delivered the full benefits that they were expected to, and need much more management attention; (5) DOD still lacks adequate inventory oversight and financial accountability; and (6) although DOD has had some success using commercial inventory practices, it needs to be more aggressive in changing its inventory management culture in order to ensure high levels of readiness within existing resource constraints and to take advantage of new management practices, technologies, and logistics systems.

Below are the reports in this series:

High Risk Series: An Overview HR-95-1, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Quick Reference Guide HR-95-2, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Defense Contract Management HR-95-3, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Defense Weapons Systems Acquisition HR-95-4, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Defense Inventory Management HR-95-5, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Internal Revenue Service Receivables HR-95-6, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Asset Forfeiture Programs HR-95-7, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Medicare Claims HR-95-8, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Farm Loan Programs HR-95-9, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Student Financial Aid HR-95-10, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Department of Housing and Urban Development HR-95-11, Feb 1, 1995

High Risk Series: Superfund Program Management HR-95-12, Feb 1, 1995

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