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GAO surveyed the Department of the Interior's accounting for personal property to determine whether: (1) accounting records were accurate and periodically reconciled with property records; (2) physical inventories were properly conducted; and (3) accounting for Government-owned property held by contractors was adequate.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of the Interior 1. The Secretary of the Interior should direct the Geological Survey, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs to provide the emphasis necessary to implement viable property accounting systems and to initiate measures to conduct required physical inventories of all personal property and reconcile the results with the accounting and property records.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Interior 2. The Secretary of the Interior should direct the Geological Survey, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs to provide the emphasis necessary to implement viable property accounting systems and to initiate measures to ensure that all appropriate information is transmitted between the accounting and property offices.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Interior 3. The Secretary of the Interior should direct the Geological Survey, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs to provide the emphasis necessary to implement viable property accounting systems and to initiate measures to provide that physical inventories be taken or verified by personnel who are not responsible for the custody of the property.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Interior 4. The Secretary of the Interior should direct the Geological Survey, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs to provide the emphasis necessary to implement viable property accounting systems and to initiate measures to ensure that all Government-owned property in the possession of contractors is accounted for, inventoried, and reconciled with the accounting and property records.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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