Improved Vehicle Management Needed at Military Installations in Korea

LCD-78-228: Published: Jun 30, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1978.

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In September 1977, there were about 2,900 vehicles used by the U.S. Forces in Korea to support administrative operations. Excluding shipping costs, the estimated replacement cost of these vehicles was about $23 million. The 8th Army had 1,875 vehicles as of September 1977 which were operated 21 million miles at a cost of $3.9 million, excluding driver and depreciation costs.

The 8th Army's vehicle management was ineffective because it had not followed prescribed management controls over use or adequately reviewed vehicle operations to ensure that all vehicles were needed and effectively used. The following management weaknesses were identified: (1) too many vehicles which contributed to underuse; (2) vehicles assigned and used inefficiently; (3) misuse of vehicles; (4) public transportation not used when possible; and (5) inadequate review of vehicle needs. The 8th Army could save costs by reducing the number of vehicles to the minimum essential for transacting official business, consolidating motor pools where economically feasible, and improving vehicle operations and maintenance procedures. The U.S. Forces in Korea had not corrected deficiencies in motor vehicle operations which had been previously identified.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should determine why corrective action was not taken on previously reported management deficiencies and require follow-up audits to ensure that corrective action is taken. The Secretary of the Army should: (1) reduce the number of administrative-use vehicles to the lowest possible number consistent with mission accomplishment; (2) study the feasibility of consolidating motor pools in Korea and direct their consolidation where economically feasible; and (3) modify Army regulations to require a written justification when a vehicle to be replaced was driven less than the Army's minimum goal.

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