Property Disposal:

DOD Is Handling Large Amounts of Excess Property in Europe

NSIAD-93-195: Published: Jul 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how the Department of Defense (DOD) is handling the excess equipment and supplies in Europe due to force reductions.

GAO found that: (1) the Army has the largest reduction in forces and the most excess ammunition, equipment, supplies, and other property; (2) the Air Force and the Navy are redistributing excess war reserve materiel valued at about $120 million; (3) the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Offices (DRMO) in Europe are handling increased quantities of excess equipment and supplies due to the reductions in force; (4) DRMO have changed some procedures to enable them to better manage the large volumes of excess property; and (5) the lack of visibility among the various supply levels has affected operational readiness and resulted in the accumulation of excess items at some units.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: DOD is addressing the entire range of materiel management challenges resulting from the end of the Cold War and the return of materiel from southwest Asia. Implementation of asset visibility is a key element of the DOD response to these challenges, and DOD is working on improving asset visibility.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should work with the military services to develop and implement a means for providing visibility among the services for all excess property.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense


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