U.S. Army Facilities in Europe:

Management Improvement Needed

LCD-77-313: Published: Jul 1, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1977.

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The U.S. Army in Europe uses various German Government facilities under the Status of Forces Agreement and spent $504 million in FY 1975 to operate and maintain these facilities.

The Army's management system in Europe produced inaccurate and incomplete facility inventory data, and efforts at improvement were not successful. Over $16 million could have been saved in 1975 if Army personnel had used available quarters rather than off-post quarters. Many facilities were underutilized, and little was done to consolidate activities and return facilities to Germany. The Army Audit Agency estimated that such action would save about $28 million annually.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should require the commander of the U.S. Army in Europe to: (1) retain only those facilities required for mission performance; and (2) return unneeded facilities to the German Government. Actions that should be included in efforts to make better use of facilities are: (1) obtaining accurate inventories of facilities; (2) stopping payment of quarters allowance for off-post quarters where adequate quarters are available; and (3) giving priority to families for whom the Department of Defense is required to provide quarters.

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