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GAO reviewed the currency of registrant mailing addresses kept by the Selective Service System, which are necessary to ensure the prompt delivery of induction notices and vital to both the equity and effectiveness of a draft.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Selective Service System 1. The Director of the Selective Service System should modify the registration acknowledgement letter to more prominently state the penalties for not promptly reporting change-of-address information and to explain the distinction between the current mailing address and the permanent address.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Selective Service System 2. The Director of the Selective Service System should require a random sample of registrants to furnish their current mailing addresses to test the effectiveness of acknowledgement and verification letters in improving the completeness of address change reporting.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Selective Service System 3. The Director of the Selective Service System should, if address information is not substantially improved by October 1984, propose Presidential proclamation language changing the registration requirement from age 18 to 3 to 6 months prior to the year of prime draft susceptibility.
Closed - Implemented
The Selective Service System is now sending periodic verification letters to registrants in order to insure that address files are up to date. The Selective Service believes that this action will substantially improve address information and, thus, do not plan to propose a change in the registration age requirement.
Selective Service System 4. The Director of the Selective Service System should determine whether arrangements can be made with the Postal Service for special handling of induction notices that can be sent to forwarding addresses.
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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