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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Secretary of the Army's tentative decision to move aviation testing activities now at Edwards Air Force Base, California, to Fort Rucker, Alabama, and retain Yuma Proving Ground.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Other 1. The Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the Test and Evaluation Executive Agent Board of Directors, should reexamine the Army's aviation consolidation plan within the context of its congressionally mandated plan for consolidating laboratories and test and evaluation facilities. Such a reexamination should include a timely determination of whether DOD could reduce excess testing capacity and achieve greater long-term savings defense-wide through consolidation of Army aviation testing on a cross-service basis and, if so, determining the appropriate locations and action plan for achieving such a consolidation.
Closed - Implemented
While DOD concurred with the recommendation, it indicated that the reexamination would occur in concert with a proposed study on long-term consolidation and restructuring that is expected to be submitted to the Secretary of Defense for approval during fiscal year 1998. In the meantime, DOD is permitting the Army to go ahead with its planned consolidation of aviation testing at Fort Rucker.
Department of Defense 2. The Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the Test and Evaluation Executive Agent Board of Directors, should reexamine the Army's aviation consolidation plan within the context of its congressionally mandated plan for consolidating laboratories and test and evaluation facilities. Such a reexamination should include a timely determination of whether DOD could reduce excess testing capacity and achieve greater long-term savings defense-wide through consolidation of Army aviation testing on a cross-service basis and, if so, determining the appropriate locations and action plan for achieving such a consolidation.
Closed - Implemented
While DOD concurred with the recommendation, it indicated that the reexamination would occur in concert with a proposed study on long-term consolidation and restructuring that is expected to be submitted to the Secretary of Defense for approval during fiscal year 1998. In the meantime, DOD is permitting the Army to go ahead with its planned consolidation of aviation testing at Fort Rucker.

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