GSA's Supply Depot Operations Can Be Improved

LCD-80-86: Published: Jul 15, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 1980.

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GAO has completed a study of the receipt, storage, and issue of material at selected General Services Administration supply distributing facilities. While the logistical functions were generally well managed, GAO found that improvements were needed in the accuracy of stock locator systems, management controls over shelf life material, and security and housekeeping controls.

The weaknesses in locator accuracy and the shelf life program are a result of the failure to follow established procedures and enforce compliance thereof. GAO found that the established procedures generally were adequate, but were not properly implemented.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of General Services should reemphasize to depot personnel the importance of accurate stock locator records in avoiding unnecessary procurements and in satisfying customer requests. Receipt storage personnel, stock selectors, locator clerks, supervisors and checkers should receive periodic training on locator procedures. The Administrator should also ensure that depot management give increased attention to following established shelf life procedures. This would include updating expiration dates and testing material for possible extensions.

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