Defense Infrastructure: DOD Needs to Improve Its Efforts to Identify Unutilized and Underutilized Facilities
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Why GAO Did This Study. GAO has designated DOD s Support Infrastructure Management as a highrisk area in part due to challenges DOD faces in reducing excess infrastructure. DOD manages a global real property portfolio of over 557,000 facilities DOD estimates to be valued at about 828 billion as of September 30, 2012. In September 2011, GAO found that DOD was limited in its ability to reduce excess inventory because OSD did not maintain accurate and complete data on the utilization of its facilities in its Real Property Assets Database. House Report 113-102 mandated GAO to review DOD efforts to improve these data. This report examines the extent to which OSD has 1 improved the completeness and accuracy of facilityutilization data in its Real Property Assets Database and the military departments use of data to identify consolidation opportunities, and 2 a strategic plan to manage DOD s real property efficiently and to facilitate the identification of unutilized and underutilized facilities. GAO analyzed OSD s real property data from fiscal years 2010 through 2013, visited 11 active DOD installations from the four services to reflect those with high numbers of buildings, and interviewed officials. While not generalizable, the interviews provided perspectives about facility utilization. What GAO Recommends. GAO recommends that OSD establish a strategic plan to identify unutilized and underutilized facilities. In written comments on a draft of the report, DOD concurred with the recommendation.
- Defense Systems
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies