Accession Number:

ADA499693

Title:

Controls Over the Department of the Navy Military Payroll Disbursed in Support of the Global War on Terror

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPT OF DEFENSE ARLINGTON VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-05-07

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

From January 2007 through July 2008, the Department of the Navy disbursed about 242 million in Hostile Fire PayImminent Danger Pay and Family Separation Allowance entitlements to support the Global War on Terror GWOT. Our objective was to determine whether the Navy disbursed military payroll in support of the GWOT in accordance with laws and regulations. Specifically, we determined whether the Navy maintained adequate support for payments related to deployments to an active combat zone CZ. Norfolk area disbursing center personnel did not maintain supporting documentation for CZ entitlements according to record retention requirements. They also did not always obtain adequate supporting documentation to substantiate CZ entitlements. We reviewed the adequacy of the support for the CZ entitlements received by 338 Navy military members. The disbursing centers provided complete support for the entitlements of 73 members. However, they only provided partial support for the entitlements of 107 members and no support for the entitlements of 158 members. Therefore, the Navy could not substantiate whether at least 158 of 338 Navy military members received proper CZ entitlements during deployments supporting the Global War on Terror. This could cause financial hardship on Navy warfighters and their families. In addition, the lack of proper supporting documentation adversely affects the Navys ability to detect fraud or improper payments.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE