Army Equipment:

Distribution and Documentation Problems Impede Operations

NSIAD-89-71: Published: Jan 13, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1989.

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GAO assessed the appropriateness of the Army's corrective actions regarding force modernization and its equipment distribution and documentation system.

GAO found that: (1) although the Army initiated some actions to improve its equipment distribution system, there were disparities between the distribution of equipment to units and units' authorization documents; (2) Army commanders were unable to make full use of equipment due to problems in requisitioning required repair parts and related support items; (3) the Army did not report its equipment distribution and documentation problems as a material weakness in its fiscal year (FY) 1987 annual assurance statement on internal controls; and (4) there was no evidence that the Army complied with a regulatory requirement that it review internal control checklists to ensure controls over equipment distribution and documentation.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Army included this problem in its 1989 assurance statement.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should include the equipment distribution and documentation disparity problem in his next annual assurance statement.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Army reviewed its checklists to ensure that adequate coverage was given to equipment distribution. Internal control checklists are under development.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should direct the Deputy Chiefs of Staff for Operations and Plans and for Logistics to examine existing and planned internal control checklists to ensure that adequate coverage of equipment distribution and documentation is provided.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

 

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