Improvements in the Data Submitted to the Congress To Justify Transportation Funding Requirements

PLRD-83-44: Published: Feb 14, 1983. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 1983.

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GAO reviewed data which the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force submit to Congress each year to justify their budget estimates for operation and maintenance transportation funding.

GAO found that the data the military services provided to Congress: (1) lack uniformity in interservice descriptions of requirement categories and in how those categories are quantified; (2) give an incomplete picture of the total number of transportation units for which funding is being requested because all requirements are not shown in common terms; and (3) omit most explanations as to why the requested funding level is needed. In the opinion of GAO, the data submitted to Congress make it difficult to assess the reasonableness of the funding levels the military services are requesting. To facilitate the review of each service's request, GAO believes that Department of Defense, as a matter of policy, should ensure that each service uses the same terms to describe its transportation program and the same types of units for like categories of detail. GAO also believes that the budget detail categories ought to be related to reasons for the funding request. Requirements should be linked to a flying hour program, a force modernization objective, a type of procurement, a post exchange sales of units, or similar program, and be identified both in terms of units and dollars needed.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has only seen the Army data to date. It has not fully complied with the recommendations.

    Recommendation: To facilitate the review of each service's request, the Department of Defense should ensure that each service uses the same terms to describe its transportation program and the same types of units for like categories of detail.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has only seen the Army data. Its data are only partially related to the reasons.

    Recommendation: The Department of Defense should ensure that the budget detail categories out be related to reasons for the funding request.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has only seen the Army data, but they are not stated in common terms.

    Recommendation: The Department of Defense should ensure that all the transportation requirements, to the extent they relate to the movement of materiel over some distance, ought to be stated in common terms.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

 

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