Management of Nontactical Vehicles in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPT OF DEFENSE ARLINGTON VA
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Our overall audit objective was to determine whether contracting for nontactical vehicles NTVs in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom was effective. Specifically, we audited NTV contracting and management processes. Although Multi-National Force-Iraq MNF-I and Multi-National Corps-Iraq MNC-I implemented some corrective actions to strengthen controls over NTV management, further actions are needed to improve the accountability of NTVs, as well as management of the size and distribution of the NTV fleet. Plans to decrease the U.S. presence in Iraq highlight the need to improve visibility of NTVs. We estimate General Services Administration GSA NTVs cost about 70 million to purchase, and all 9,793 NTVs in the fleet cost about 109.8 million annually to lease and maintain. However, NTV records were unreliable for making NTV allocation and distribution decisions. For example, 3,854 GSA NTVs about 74 were not accounted for properly, and 531 GSA NTVs about 10 were not accounted for at all. These vehicles cost 11.4 million to acquire and 5.3 million annually to lease and maintain. Without accurate NTV records, DoD cannot make effective decisions regarding the NTV fleet. MNF-I policy did not establish a standard procedure for NTV registration to ensure NTV records were accurate. In addition, MNF-I and MNC-I did not have a centralized strategy to identify and manage NTV requirements or acquisition. Appointing an NTV Program Manager and centralizing these processes will help identify long-term requirements and help acquire NTVs using the most cost-effective approach. We recommend that the Commander, MNF-I do the following 1 appoint an NTV Program Manager to implement NTV policy and centrally manage NTV requirements and acquisition, 2 implement a standardized procedure for NTV registration, and 3 implement controls to accurately record and classify NTVs.
- Administration and Management
- Surface Transportation and Equipment
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