Defense Supply Agency Management of Wood Products

PSAD-76-171: Published: Aug 26, 1976. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 1976.

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GAO conducted a survey of the Defense Supply Agency's (DSA) management of wood products.

Effective procurement of lumber requires that installations determine the quality and quantity of the items needed, describe to DSA what is needed, and inspect what is received. The survey showed that most installations did not have the technical expertise to determine the proper quality of items needed or to properly inspect them when received. As a result, GAO found many instances where higher grades of lumber and plywood were ordered than were needed. The survey also showed that the automated Military Standard Requisitioning and Issue Procedures (MILSTRIP) system was not appropriate for many purchases. Since DSA began using MILSTRIP for wood products purchases, increases have occurred in the time needed to process purchase actions and to get items to installations. In addition, it is no longer possible for the Defense Construction Supply Center to make technical reviews of installation requests to determine whether appropriate items have been ordered.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should require the Director, DSA, to reevaluate the use of the automated MILSTRIP system for procuring the wood products when it is not feasible to assign stock numbers and when descriptive data, such as detailed descriptions or additional specifications are required. In addition, the Director, DSA, should be required to increase DSA assistance to installations by assuring that up-to-date guidelines are available for use and by providing training courses and visits by wood products experts.

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