Internal Controls:

Status of Army Efforts To Control Contractor Access to the DOD Supply System

NSIAD-88-98: Published: Mar 11, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1988.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's: (1) efforts to better control contractor access to the Department of Defense (DOD) supply system; and (2) financial accountability for government-furnished materiel (GFM).

GAO found that: (1) in 1981, DOD directed the services to establish management control activities (MCA) over maintenance contractors' access to the DOD supply system, but the Army did not expect total implementation of MCA until 1989; (2) the Army had not developed a GFM accounting system that would identify or control the amount of GFM provided to contractors; (3) the Army allowed contractors uncontrolled access to the DOD supply system to requisition GFM; and (4) the Army is studying the feasibility of establishing MCA controls at the base level and expects to implement the study's recommendations in 1988.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Army milestones for implementing controls over contractor access to the DOD supply system were incorporated in the recent update of the Army Supply Master Plan. Further, implementation at the wholesale level is planned.

    Recommendation: Since over 6 years have passed since DOD required better controls over contractor access to the DOD supply system, the Secretary of the Army should give priority to developing a plan of action with firm milestones for implementing the needed controls.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

 

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