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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.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
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.
Closed - Not Implemented
The Navy planned to incorporate collection of summary data on major items as part of its automatic data processing (ADP) modernization. But, because of Office of the Secretary of Defense efforts to establish a uniform system for the services, the Navy's effort has been delayed. Enough time has lapsed that this recommendation will be reevaluated in connection with evaluations of DOD's CIM project.
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.
Closed - Not Implemented
Enough time has elapsed that this recommendation will be reevaluated in connection with evaluations of DOD's CIM project.
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.
Closed - Not Implemented
This recommendation will be reevaluated in connection with GAO work looking at DOD's efforts to clean out warehouses (code 398142).
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.
Closed - Not Implemented
This recommendation willl be reevaluated in connection with GAO work looking at DOD's efforts to clean out warehouses (code 398142).

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