The Department of Defense's Energy Conservation Investment Program Needs Closer Monitoring

EMD-82-4: Published: Jan 13, 1982. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1982.

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GAO was asked to provide data on the status of the Department of Defense's (DOD) Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP) projects and funds because of a fear that ECIP funds were being used on non-energy conservation projects.

GAO has stated that about $79 million in fiscal year 1979 and 1980 ECIP funds had been reallocated or could become available for reallocation to other military construction projects. DOD felt that the GAO estimate was overstated. DOD further stated that management flexibility was needed in the use of military construction funds and that such flexibility was consistent with congressional intent. GAO considers funds to be available at the time projects are deferred, while DOD does not consider deferred project funds to be reallocated because many of these projects are subsequently funded. In any case, the total amount of ECIP funds reallocated or available for reallocation is substantial. GAO also found that DOD does not have a systematic method of identifying energy savings resulting from completed ECIP projects. DOD is currently developing a system to resolve this problem.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we determine what steps the Congress has taken, we will provide updated information.

    Matter: The Subcommittee on Military Construction of the House Committee on Appropriations should improve its ability to monitor the Energy Conservation Investment Program by obtaining quarterly reports from the Department of Defense over the next year.


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