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Saturday, March 28, 1998
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ISA THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 Report: Defense lost track of more shipments than confirmed in 97 said that is only a portion of the actual total. The Air Force, for example, did not list as "in- transit" $1.3 billion in repairable parts that were shipped. Problems with shipments have been repeatedly brought to (f If u the attention of the Defense De partment. A past GAO report said that procedures for monitoring carriers and recovering lost freight was in disarray and that abuse, said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, of the study. "Too much inventory is missing in action," he said. "The Pentagon has no sense of where literally billions of dollars of military inventory are located at any given time." The report is part of a continuing probe into Defense Department mismanagement of its enormous inventory, which is estimated at $69 billion and stored in hundreds of warehouses around the country. Among the storage facilities examined in the study were the Air Force Materiel Command and the Defense Automated Addressing System Office, both at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. Although the amount of supplies reported as shipped last year was estimated to be worth more than $5 billion, the GAO By Julia Malone Palm Beach Post Washington Bureau S WASHINGTON The Defense Department failed to keep track of most of its shipments of more than $5 billion worth of military hardware, food, clothing, computers and other materiel, a government report said Friday. . The Pentagon received no confirmation that 60 percent of its 21: million shipments last year arrived at their destinations or whether the cargo was intact, said the General Accounting Office, the investigating arm of Congress. ', In fact, Defense officials were uncertain how much inventory was in transit because the Pentagon "does not have information systems that accumulate this type of information," the GAO report said. , The lack of monitoring opens the door for waste, fraud and the department did not even know when a shipment was lost or how much freight was lost. The Defense Department, which agreed with the findings in the latest report, began using a ... i" l - in,,, :- .yii nee the Comnanv Premiere KRAVIS CENTER FOR iJof Paul Taylor's Funny Papers, a new tracking system for cargo, passengers, and personal property in 1993. But the system, known as Global Transportation Network, is not scheduled to be extended to all inventory shipments until next year. dance based on comic-strip characters and pop music of the '50s and '60s, plus 3 other exciting works, in our season-finale program. 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