Opportunities for Savings Through Use of Spare Government-Owned Communications Circuits in Europe

B-161992: Published: Sep 22, 1967. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1967.

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GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) utilization of communications circuits in its European communications network.

GAO noted that: (1) the traffic carried by 64 of 228 communications cicuits leased from commercial carriers by DOD could have been routed over government-owned circuits having spare capacity at substantial savings; (2) the failure of DOD to route this traffic over government-owned circuits had resulted from DOD's policy of ascertaining the availability of government-owned circuits only before a commercial circuit was to be leased; (3) no reviews were made thereafter to periodically assess the availability of government-owned circuits; (4) GAO believes that the potential for these savings may have been revealed had periodic reviews had been made; (5) after discussing GAO's findings with DOD officials in Europe, 10 circuits leased at an annual cost of about $19,000 were cancelled; and (6) because of the expected establishment of the Automated Voice Network (AUTOVON), no additional leased circuits would be cancelled.

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