Policy, Oversight, and Communications. A Recipe for Effective Property Management
LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST BETHESDA MD
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The Department of Health and Human Services, dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of American citizens, employs more than 120,000 people. To support its personnel, the Department maintains an inventory of equipment referred to as personal property with a total value of more than 1. 5 billion. Public law and good business practice require it to manage that property effectively. Within the Department, there are a number of personal property management programs, which vary in size, scope, and sophistication. We found opportunities to increase the effectiveness of many of them. Suggested improvements include management improvements at the Departmental level, streamlining of procedures used to transfer excess property to the General Services Administration, and better use of the Departments Logistics Management Advisory Group LMAG. The Acquisition and Logistics Research Staff ALRS, under the Office of Acquisition and Grants Management, provides the Departments logistics functional expertise. We believe that the ALRS needs to do more to eliminate some confusion, duplication of effort, and lack of communication that we saw in the field. Specifically, the Department requires clearer property management policy guidance interpreting federal guidelines for Departmental property managers.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies