Observations After a Survey of the United States Construction Activities in Vietnam

B-159451: May 15, 1967

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GAO performed a survey of United States construction activities in Vietnam. It was our primary objective, in undertaking this survey, to identify problems and possible weaknesses in program management that would require continuing attention to improve program administration.

Our survey indicated that neither the Navy nor the contractor was adequately equipped to handle the massive expansion of the construction program in late 1965 and the first half of 1966; as a result, the cost of the program was increased to a considerable extent, although there is no way to reliably measure the extra cost sustained. During the period of the escalated mobilization, normal management controls were virtually abandoned and major problems were experienced. The survey report also discusses other areas where we believe opportunities existed for improvement in program management.

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