State Department's Procurement of Silverware for Overseas Missions

T-NSIAD-87-10: Published: Mar 11, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1987.

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GAO testified on the Department of State's purchase of silverware for its overseas missions, specifically its silverware needs, procurement procedures, and inventory controls. GAO found that: (1) the Department of State's Office of Foreign Buildings Operations (FBO) did not adhere to procurement regulations in contracting for the silverware; (2) FBO should improve its inventory controls and enforce established procurement regulations and procedures concerning physical inventories, reconciliations, reporting, and authorized allowances; and (3) embassy posts did not follow FBO regulations regarding the disposal of silverware by either selling it or returning it to FBO.

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