Allegations Concerning Travel and Office Furnishings at the Defense Property Disposal Service and the Defense Logistics Service Center

PSAD-79-52: Published: Mar 20, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1979.

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An assessment was made of: the need for various office-improvement items purchased by the Defense Property Disposal Service and the Defense Logistics Service Center, Battlecreek, Michigan; the adequacy of the procedures followed in procuring the questioned items; and the propriety of certain overseas and domestic trips made by employees of these agencies.

Internal changes in the office-improvement program and procurement practices should help prevent future unnecessary or inappropriate purchases. The majority of the employees' travel expenses were proper with the exception of one employee's improper use of travel allowances. There was insufficient documentation of the amount of money spent to install carpeting, or the date, place, or amount of material installed, and as a result small amounts of duplicate payments may have occurred. Available quantity carpeting purchase discounts were not obtained and available excursion, group, and joint fares for the vast majority of travel expenses also were not obtained.

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