Each year the Department of Defense (DOD) spends over a billion dollars to move the personal effects of its military members and civilian employees. Our review of DOD's management of these movements identified several opportunities to reduce coats and improve the efficiency of the shipping program. These are summarized below and are discussed in detail in enclosure I. At the same time DOD has been consolidating its personal property shipping offices, it has been planning to automate them. However, these efforts were directed by different steering committees and have not been coordinated. Without coordination, the full potential for consolidation cannot be achieved and money may be spent to automate offices that should be merged with others. In addition, DOD has been trying to develop a standardized automated system for use in managing its shipping program since1975. Because of the delay in development of a standard system, many offices have become frustrated and have independently developed their own systems.