Results in Brief: Improvements Needed in Transparency and Accountability of U.S. Army Reserve Component Equipment Transfers
OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE) ALEXANDRIA VA
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We determined whether the Army had transparency and accountability for Army Reserve Components RCs equipment transfers. We reviewed documentation for 290,500 pieces of equipment transferred between 2003 and 2011, valued at approximately 7.6 billion, to determine whether the Army followed DoD Directive 1225.6, Equipping the Reserve Forces, April 7, 2005 Directive, when transferring equipment. We found that Army officials did not implement accountability procedures to verify the transfer and replacement of 239,332 pieces of RCs equipment, valued at approximately 5.8 billion. Specifically, RCs transferred 203,997 pieces of equipment to Army Active Component AC and other RCs without the Secretary of Defenses SECDEFs approval. This occurred because the U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8 G-8 and RCs inappropriately determined that proposal plans were not required for 203,929 equipment transfers within RCs and G-8 did not follow the requirement for preparing a proposal plan for 68 pieces of equipment transferred to the AC. RCs transferred another 1,203 pieces of equipment to AC and other RCs before obtaining SECDEF approval because G-8 did not initiate the approval process in a timely manner. The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs ASD RA, G-8, and RCs could not accurately account for the replacement of 34,132 pieces of RCs equipment transferred to AC and other RCs because ASD RA, G-8, and RCs informal processes were not effective for verifying equipment replacements. The Army could not determine the total amount of RCs equipment transfers for the purpose of mobilization because it did not maintain a central repository. As a result, RCs have lost transparency of their equipment transfers and may experience equipment shortages that could hinder their ability to train soldiers and respond to emergencies.
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