Progress and Problems in Consolidating Military Support Functions in the Pacific

LCD-78-223: Published: Apr 12, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1979.

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An examination of Department of Defense (DOD) consolidation of military functions in the Pacific was made to determine what effort is needed under the Pacific area Defense Retail Interservice Support (DRIS) program to eliminate duplication of military support functions.

The services have consolidated some functions suggested in a prior GAO report or identified by the services, and these actions have saved an estimated $1.1 million, and recurring savings are estimated at $8.4 million annually. All needed consolidations have not been achieved, however. Examples include real property maintenance near Pearl Harbor and on Okinawa, civilian personnel offices in Hawaii and Japan, family housing management in Hawaii, and administrative aircraft support in Japan. A key cause of this is DOD's disagreement with GAO's previous recommendation to the Secretary of Defense to delegate clear-cut authority below the Department level to direct, not just recommend, interservice arrangements for support activities.

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