Transfer of Army Pacific Support Functions Resulted in Unwarranted Personnel Costs

FPCD-78-80: Published: Jan 2, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 2, 1979.

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United States military support in the Pacific has been undergoing manpower redistribution as a result of a Defense Department order in December, 1975. GAO analyzed the ensuing transfers and found unjustified recurring budget increases totaling at least $25 million and possibly $40 million.

The increases came from a series of Defense budget actions which funded personnel slots for the service branches which requested and gained manpower resulting from the redistribution without a corresponding budget cut for the Army, which lost manpower. The discrepency occurred because the services involved did not use applicable work force planning criteria in the requests. The Navy absorbed all personnel positions offered by the Army without justifying their needs. The Navy then was granted a request for additional personnel for positions not involved in the redistribution. The Marine Corps also made unjustified requests. Requests by the Air Force exceeded even their own calculated needs. The finding by GAO stated that the services' manpower requests were unwarranted unless each was accompanied by the proper and detailed justification.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: GAO recommended that the Defense Committee on Appropriations require good cause to be shown by the services why the budget requests should be allowed. Any future manpower (or budget) requests should be accompanied by justification of all resources needed and documentation provided showing the effect of workload transfers. The review further asks that the Secretary of Defense reanalyze all manpower transfers to determine how any budget reductions might be shared within the department. These recommendations would help avoid future budget problems by adequately planning all manpower and budget requests.

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