Naval Safety School Relocation:

More Credible Cost Analysis Is Needed

NSIAD-91-145: Published: Mar 22, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1991.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) Navy's decision to relocate the Naval Safety School based on the Chief of Naval Education and Training's review; and (2) impact of the transfer on Navy safety training.

GAO found that: (1) the Navy's cost analysis was inadequate, since it did not update the cost analysis to reflect recent changes in its relocation plans; (2) the reported benefits were speculative and the cited cost savings were uncertain; (3) the Navy did not have plans to correct and update the cost analysis before proceeding with the relocation, which the Navy expected to be no earlier than June 1991; and (4) it could not make a reliable assessment of the impact the relocation will have on the Navy's safety training, primarily due to the cost uncertainties, recent expansion of the school's mission, and the possibility of a contractor change.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The relocation was scheduled for implementation in September 1991, before the next Form 66 cycle.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should direct the Chief of Naval Education and Training to redo his analysis of costs and benefits before implementing any plans to relocate the Naval Safety School.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy


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