Progress and Problems in Consolidating Military Support Functions in the Pacific

LCD-78-223: Published: Apr 12, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1979.

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An examination of Department of Defense (DOD) consolidation of military functions in the Pacific was made to determine what effort is needed under the Pacific area Defense Retail Interservice Support (DRIS) program to eliminate duplication of military support functions.

The services have consolidated some functions suggested in a prior GAO report or identified by the services, and these actions have saved an estimated $1.1 million, and recurring savings are estimated at $8.4 million annually. All needed consolidations have not been achieved, however. Examples include real property maintenance near Pearl Harbor and on Okinawa, civilian personnel offices in Hawaii and Japan, family housing management in Hawaii, and administrative aircraft support in Japan. A key cause of this is DOD's disagreement with GAO's previous recommendation to the Secretary of Defense to delegate clear-cut authority below the Department level to direct, not just recommend, interservice arrangements for support activities.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the program administrator to develop procedures which will insure that disputed studies and unresolved proposed consolidations are promptly submitted for review and arbitration to an organization with directive authority. This can best be done by delegating clear-cut directive authority to responsible commands within the Defense Retail Interservice Support program. The Secretary should direct completion of several consolidation plans where progress has stalled or where new functions are shown to be duplicative.

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