Weapons of Mass Destruction:

DOD Reporting on Cooperative Threat Reduction Assistance Has Improved

NSIAD-97-84: Published: Feb 27, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1997.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) annual report on Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) assistance provided to the newly independent states to determine whether it: (1) contained current and complete data on CTR assistance deliveries, including their location and condition; (2) presented the best available sources of information to show what assistance was accounted for and how it was used; (3) provided an overall determination of assistance use; and (4) listed planned audit and examination activities for the coming year.

GAO found that: (1) DOD's recent report is an improvement over its May 1995 report and provides an overview of how DOD accounted for CTR-provided assistance through December 1995; and (2) unlike its predecessor, this report: (a) contains comprehensive listings of equipment deliveries, including the location, dollar value, and delivery dates of the items provided, and comments on the condition of the assistance; (b) integrates a variety of information sources in accounting for CTR assistance; (c) makes a determination on whether the assistance has been appropriately used; and (d) lists future audit and examination activities.

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