Economies Available Through Improved Inventory Management

LCD-78-212: Published: Jan 18, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 1978.

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GAO reviewed the General Services Administration's (GSA) procedures and practices for managing its inventory.

GSA can save millions of dollars annually through improved procedures and practices for procuring, managing, and supplying inventories.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Administrator of GSA should: stress the importance of making shipments direct from vendors to customers and establish a more realistic criterion for screening and selecting requisitions from user agencies that should be filled through diversion of quantities due in from vendors; establish a management information system that will require supervisors to determine that item managers use the criteria and arrange direct shipments when they are more economical; place greater emphasis on the need for timely cancellation or deferral of procurements; improve the usefulness of the overstock with due-in report; increase the units of issue quantities in the supply catalog for low-value items to quantities either consistent with the minimum commercial standard pack or to quantities repetitively ordered by customers over a short timespan; reevaluate current item authorizations for larger than economic order quantity buys to replenish depot stocks; and restrict future item authorizations for larger than economic order quantity buys to those instances justified by realistic projections of cost savings or other measurable benefits.

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