The Army Did Not Properly Account For and Manage Force Provider Equipment in Afghanistan
OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE) ALEXANDRIA VA
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Objective We determined whether DoD properly accounted for Force Provider FP equipment in Afghanistan. An FP module is a compilation of components that support 600 personnel. Findings The Army did not properly account for the 62 FP modules deployed to Afghanistan from 2001 through 2013, valued at approximately 424.57 million. This occurred because the Army did not verify that FP equipment was recorded on the receiving units accountability records and because the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, G-4 DA G-4 did not require nonexpendable components to be tracked separately by serial number. As a result, the Army could not hold units responsible for proper use, care, and disposition of equipment deployed to Afghanistan, which included estimated losses of 200 million worth of FP equipment prior to 2010. In addition, the Army did not require item managers to assign accurate and cost-effective accounting requirements codes ARCs to FP components. This occurred because DA G-4 published conflicting guidance and did not have a process in place to validate that item managers assigned accurate ARCs to FP equipment. As a result, item managers assigned incorrect ARCs to 17 FP components, valued at 41.96 million, which increased the risk that the equipment would be lost, destroyed, or abandoned in theater. Recommendations Among other recommendations, we recommend that DA G-4 identify and account for all nonexpendable FP components by serial number and revise AR 735-5 to ensure items are correctly assigned accounting requirements codes. We also recommend that the Commanding General, Army Materiel Command, establish guidance that lists the responsibilities regarding the accountability of FP equipment and require 401st AFSB to conduct quarterly reconciliations of property books to the equipment that has been deployed into theater.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies