Pacific Fleet Headquarters Efficiency Can Be Improved through Consolidations

FPCD-76-98: Published: Feb 4, 1977. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1977.

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Major Navy Headquarters in the Pacific were surveyed to: obtain information on the missions, functions, and tasks of selected Pacific commands; identify personnel assigned to these activities and functions; and examine recent consolidations in headquarters management functions.

The Navy's organization in the Pacific is a complex structure that has basically remained unchanged over many years. The Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet, is responsible for both operational and administrative control of Pacific Fleet operations. Although the Navy recently consolidated some management headquarters, duplications still exist: 75 offices manage material activities, 105 offices develop and analyze management and decision information, and 42 offices manage weapon systems employment. GAO believes that there are better ways for the Navy to organize its Pacific Fleet headquarters: the staffs of each type command should be integrated into the Pacific Fleet staff, and the Logistics Command should carry out its tasks under its Pacific Fleet function. The Navy disagrees with GAO and believes that combining the type commands into the Pacific Fleet would create too much of a consolidated headquarters.

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