Allegations Concerning Travel and Office Furnishings at the Defense Property Disposal Service and the Defense Logistics Service Center

PSAD-79-52: Published: Mar 20, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1979.

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An assessment was made of: the need for various office-improvement items purchased by the Defense Property Disposal Service and the Defense Logistics Service Center, Battlecreek, Michigan; the adequacy of the procedures followed in procuring the questioned items; and the propriety of certain overseas and domestic trips made by employees of these agencies.

Internal changes in the office-improvement program and procurement practices should help prevent future unnecessary or inappropriate purchases. The majority of the employees' travel expenses were proper with the exception of one employee's improper use of travel allowances. There was insufficient documentation of the amount of money spent to install carpeting, or the date, place, or amount of material installed, and as a result small amounts of duplicate payments may have occurred. Available quantity carpeting purchase discounts were not obtained and available excursion, group, and joint fares for the vast majority of travel expenses also were not obtained.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Commanding Officers of the Defense Property Disposal Service and the Defense Logistics Service Center should: (1) suspend purchases of office improvement items until a system is designed to adequately control and document such procurement; (2) determine the total extent of any duplicate payments for installing carpeting; (3) utilize to a greater extent quantity discounts in future procurements and obtain professional measuring estimates prior to ordering; (4) evaluate on a continuing basis the number and types of employees authorized to attend Commander's Conferences; (5) utilize excursion, group, and joint fare discounts whenever possible; and (6) ensure that a government or military vehicle is not available before authorizing the use of a commercial rental car.

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