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In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of Defense's (DOD) efforts to preclude the disposal of contaminated excess real property.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||The Secretary of Defense should direct the services to: (1) require that both records searches and visual inspections be performed and documented; (2) mutually agree to and use consistent criteria in the identification of potential contamination and certification of excess real property; and (3) update disposal documentation for excess real properties that are still in the disposal process to conform with current requirements.|
|Department of Defense||The Secretary of Defense should emphasize to the services the importance of disclosing to GSA the potential contamination on the excess property identified through a records search and a visual inspection, actions taken to confirm the extent of contamination, and plans for any necessary decontamination.|
|Department of Defense||The Secretary of Defense should direct the services to require in their disposal policies, and fully disclose to GSA, an evaluation of any potential contamination migrating from hazardous waste sites in the vicinity of the excess property.|