Measures Needed To Ensure Compliance With Contract Specifications In Construction Of Military Facilities

B-171496: Published: Apr 16, 1971. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1971.

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GAO reviewed the inspection procedures of the Army Corps of Engineers and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) intended to ensure that construction is in accordance with contract specifications.

GAO noted that: (1) the Corps and NAVFAC need to tighten their procedures and practices for inspecting construction so that military projects will be constructed as contracts specify; (2) a number of military facilities accepted by the government as completed were not built in compliance with contract requirements; (3) as a result, the facilities were not fully satisfactory for their intended use and the government had to spend additional time and effort having deficiencies corrected; and (4) the Corps and NAVFAC need to improve: (a) enforcement of contractor quality controls; (b) reports from and training of government inspectors; (c) evaluations by headquarters of field activities; and (d) coordination of activities of the two construction agencies in solving problems common to both.

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