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GAO was requested to inquire into the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) decision to relocate its Target and Range Systems Division (AIR-630) from Camarillo, California, to NAVAIR headquarters in Washington, D.C. In October 1980, NAVAIR stated that it had thoroughly reviewed the AIR-630 mission and operation and had determined that the move would reduce operational costs. The NAVAIR review showed an annual recurring savings of $234,000 and a maximum one-time cost of $560,000. NAVAIR officials said that the move would improve management efficiency. The Navy completed the relocation of AIR-630 in January 1981. GAO limited its review to the savings and costs identified by NAVAIR.

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