Planning for Navy Shore Facilities:

Improvements Possible

NSIAD-85-6: Published: Nov 5, 1984. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 1984.

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GAO reviewed selected Navy activities' use of the Shore Facilities Planning System (SFPS) to determine whether the activities' use of the system resulted in accurate determinations of facility requirements and optimum use of existing facilities.

GAO found a number of instances where the use of SFPS by activities resulted in inaccurate facility requirements causing the construction of some unneeded, or excessively large, projects. The Navy criteria for sizing family services centers provide for centers which are larger than Department of Defense (DOD) criteria allow. As a result, at one facility, GAO found that the Navy was planning a family services center which was larger than DOD criteria allowed, and the Navy had not obtained the waivers necessary for construction in excess of DOD criteria. In addition, the Navy has no assurance that the child care centers it plans to build will be properly sized to meet its needs because DOD and Navy criteria for sizing such centers are inadequate, but DOD plans to revise its criteria. GAO found that Navy criteria for aircraft parking aprons are inaccurate, resulting in a parking apron requirement at one activity which was overstated. GAO also found that outdated and inaccurate data in the industrial planning system resulted in a shipyard overstating its electronics shop space requirements. Finally, because of the improper use of factors for converting net floor areas to gross floor areas, an engineering station overstated its space requirement for a proposed diesel engine test facility. GAO believes that current and accurate data are essential if SFPS is to be a useful tool in the management of naval facilities.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Revised criteria for sizing aircraft parking aprons was included in revised NAVFAC P-80.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should direct the Commander, NAVFAC, to revise the criteria for sizing aircraft parking aprons to require activities to use the most efficient parking angle when computing requirements.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: In lieu of revising the industrial planning system, the Navy is emphasizing the training of personnel in system use.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should direct the Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, to require activities using the industrial planning system to periodically update SFPS with current industrial planning system data.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

  3. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: DOD did not concur with this recommendation. It believed ongoing programming, design, and construction work should not be halted because the problems, costs, and loss of morale that would result from further delay exceeded any minor difficulties involved with proceeding with the centers.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should defer planning, programming, and construction of child care center projects not now in progress until DOD child care center criteria are revised, and projects are evaluated using that criteria.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  4. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: Revised DOD Directive 4272.1-M was issued on February 11, 1987; however, it omits criteria on sizing family services centers.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should reevaluate DOD criteria for determining the size of family services centers in light of the Navy's plans to construct larger facilities. If DOD criteria are considered reasonable, then the Secretary should direct the Navy to adhere to the criteria or obtain necessary waivers; if not, revise the family services center criteria.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  5. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: NAVFACNOTE 11210, dated October 6, 1986, requires that engineering field divisions perform comprehensive reviews of major claimant supported projects.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should direct the Commander, NAVFAC, to improve the accuracy of the data in SFPS by requiring engineering field divisions to review facility planning documents to ensure that information in the documents is based on current base loading or industrial system data.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

 

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