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GAO reviewed the retirement pay systems of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps to determine whether internal controls are in effect to ensure proper and correct payments to retirees and their families.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. The Secretary of Defense should direct the services to ensure that internal controls over establishing new retirement pay accounts are strengthened.|
|Department of Defense||2. The Secretary of Defense should direct the services to ensure that annuitants submit certificates of eligibility and, where appropriate, that payments to ineligible persons are promptly terminated and overpayments collected.|
|Department of Defense||3. The Secretary of Defense should direct the services to ensure that controls over payments to 18- to 23-year-old survivors attending school are improved.|
|Department of Defense||4. The Secretary of Defense should require the services to ensure that existing control techniques to identify deceased persons on the payment rolls are improved and to ensure that the feasibility of additional control techniques are considered, including requiring certifications of existence from retirees residing in the United States and expanding the computer death matches and performing them on a recurring basis.|
|Department of Defense||5. The Secretary of Defense should ensure that a central computerized data file is developed and used to identify recipients of readjustment and severance pay so that the services and the Veterans Administration can make required offsets to benefits paid.|