Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Navy's ship and submarine secondary item inventories, focusing on: (1) the reasons for unrequired inventory; (2) opportunities for minimizing the acquisition of unrequired stock; and (3) inactive inventory items.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Navy to require item managers to retain summary data on major items showing the basis for each item's most recent procurement and events affecting the item.|
|Department of Defense||2. The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Navy to establish procedures to inform inventory control points about systems being phased out or replaced, require that inventory records be coded to identify the items, and ensure that purchases of such items are made only for immediate needs.|
|Department of Defense||3. The Secretary of Defense should expand the Defense Inactive Item Program criteria to allow classifying items as inactive so that more items with little potential for future use can be evaluated.|
|Department of Defense||4. The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Navy to begin systematically identifying and evaluating all inactive ship and submarine items, and to eliminate those with no potential for future use.|