Acquisition: Army Claims Service Military Interdepartmental Purchase Requests
INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPT OF DEFENSE ARLINGTON VA
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This report is the first in a series addressing the use and control of military interdepartmental purchase requests. The Army Claims Service supports the Army and the Judge Advocate General Corps by managing the Army claims system, which includes processing tort and personnel claims, and recovering funds owed by transportation carriers and medical care insurers. The Army Claims Service provided the General Services Administration with about 11.6 million in operation and maintenance funds from September 1997 through September 2000 on military interdepartmental purchase requests. The 11.6 million was for technical and management support services, and the acquisition of information technology. Military interdepartmental purchase requests are used by DoD Components to order goods or services from other DoD Components as well as other Government activities outside the DoD. Acceptance of the military interdepartmental purchase request will result in an obligation of the funds if the purchase is on a reimbursable basis. The law generally requires agencies purchasing property or services to have legitimate or bona fide need for the items or services in the fiscal year of the appropriation before recording the obligation of funds. The inability to demonstrate this need, as well as using funds from the wrong appropriation year or for the wrong purpose, can result in a violation of the Antideficiency Act.
- Administration and Management
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations