Consolidation of Personal Property Shipping Offices

NSIAD-84-81: Published: Apr 5, 1984. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 1984.

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Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO reviewed Department of Defense (DOD) efforts to consolidate Personal Property Shipping Offices.

GAO found that the consolidation plan implemented by DOD was more limited in scope than that recommended by the Defense Audit Service and did not achieve the savings expected. Consolidation was generally limited to booking outbound personal property shipments and administering the Carrier Evaluation Reporting System, while other functions remained fragmented among the shipping offices. In some instances, consolidations resulted in increased costs because of the need for additional staff at some offices.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Installations, and Logistics) to reassess these consolidations. In so doing, he should consider the potential for savings through economies of scale that could result through better and more complete consolidations as well as the need to provide adequate services to the users in various geographic locations.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense


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