Savings Available To The Army By Tightening Controls Over Its Tractor-Trailer Fleet In Europe

B-162771: Published: Jan 30, 1968. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1968.

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GAO reviewed the Army's management and utilization of highway transportation equipment in Europe, focusing on tests of the practices and reporting controls used in the daily operations of the fleet, including maintenance and parts supply as they contributed to equipment availability.

GAO noted that: (1) the Army's management procedures were inadequate for the 37th Transportation Group to maintain positive control over the fleet; (2) daily inventory reports were insufficient to monitor the status and location of its trailers at all times; (3) control units were not making the required analysis of equipment use so that, for example, excess refrigerator trailers could not be identified and made available as required; (4) failure to ensure full use of available equipment necessitated the hiring of commercial carriers in many instances at substantial increase in costs; and (5) there were indications also that costs were increased unnecessarily because Army European commands failed to promptly unload trailers and report them as available for further use.

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