Defense Logistics: Greater Awareness of Recommendations and Improvements in Data Quality Needed to Resolve Container-Management Challenges
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Why GAO Did This Study. DOD uses DOD or commercial carrier shipping containers to transport supplies worldwide. Container management has been a long-standing challenge. DOD has paid detention fees of about 823 million from 2003 through 2012 for retaining containers longer than allowed, primarily due to operations within CENTCOM, including Afghanistan, where fees continue to accrue. GAO was asked to review DOD s efforts to address container-management challenges and the accumulation of detention fees. This report assesses the extent to which 1 DOD policy and guidance incorporate recommendations addressing container-management challenges in CENTCOM s area of responsibility, and 2 DOD has managed and reduced detention fees for containers in Afghanistan since 2012. GAO reviewed prior audit reports to identify container-management recommendations analyzed data such as container type and ownership from 2010 through 2013 and interviewed DOD officials. What GAO Recommends. GAO recommends that DOD 1 develop a list of recommendations and incorporate them into policy and guidance and 2 identify root causes for procedural weaknesses that contribute to inaccurate, incomplete container data and develop and implement a corrective plan. DOD concurred with the first recommendation and partially concurred with the second because it partially disagreed to whom GAO directed the recommendation. GAO concurred and modified the recommendation.
- Containers and Packaging
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies