Defense Printing Service:

Relocation of the Southeast Area Headquarters

NSIAD-92-290: Published: Aug 11, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Navy's decision to relocate the functions of the Defense Printing Service's (DPS) Southeast Area headquarters from Charleston, South Carolina, to Norfolk, Virginia.

GAO found that: (1) the DPS Management Office could not provide data to support its decision to relocate the Southeast Area headquarters functions; (2) Southeast Area headquarters personnel were opposed to the relocation decision and most of the personnel indicated that they would not relocate due to personal hardships; (3) Southeast Area headquarters personnel disagreed with the DPS Management Office's position that they could perform their work more effectively if they moved to Norfolk, since they believed they were able to perform their work adequately in Charleston using telephones, facsimile machines and computer modems; (4) available cost data show that the relocation of the Southeast Area headquarters functions to Norfolk may not result in significant savings; (5) Southeast Area headquarters personnel estimated that the relocation would save considerably less in travel costs than estimated; and (6) the DPS Management Office had not performed a cost analysis to determine whether the relocation would result in savings and DPS could not reasonably ensure that the relocation would result in more efficient and cost-effective operations.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Navy did not move to Norfolk.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should cancel the proposed relocation unless the DPS Management Office can adequately justify its decision to relocate the Southeast Area's headquarters functions to Norfolk. This justification should include a cost analysis and an evaluation of whether Southeast Area headquarters personnel need to be located in Norfolk to perform their work effectively.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy


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