Review of the Activities of the House Office Equipment Service for the Year Ended June 30, 1981

AFMD-82-12: Published: Jan 28, 1982. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 1982.

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GAO reviewed the activities of the Office Equipment Service of the House of Representatives for the year ended June 30, 1981. The Service is charged with operating programs for purchasing, leasing, and servicing the office equipment for members and officers and committees of the House of Representatives. GAO reviewed the controls over owned and leased equipment; examined selected purchases and disposals of equipment; inventoried equipment awaiting disposal and equipment used for loans to members, officers, or committees while regular equipment is being repaired; and reviewed the trade-in of excess typewriters and the disposition of reimbursements received from the General Services Administration for the sale of excess equipment. The Service has also implemented a new on-line computerized system to account for House office equipment which records obligations for the purchase and lease of equipment; other acquisitions, disposals, and deletions; and cancellations of equipment.

The GAO examination of selected purchase, lease, and disposal transactions showed them to be properly documented and recorded. The Service's records adequately account for the equipment and provide satisfactory control over the monthly charges for use of the equipment. GAO did not attempt to verify the accuracy of the repair parts inventory or repair history records for fiscal year 1981.

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