Accession Number : ADA282567

Title :   Household Goods Competition Among Commercial Movers Serving DoD Can be Improved.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

Report Date : FEB 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : A military member or civilian employee of the Department of Defense who is ordered to make a permanent change-of-station or other approved move is entitled to ship and/or store, at government expense, an authorized amount of household goods and personal effects. The Army's Military Traffic Management Command, on behalf of the entire Department of Defense, is responsible for soliciting rates from commercial moving companies for the packing, transportation, and storage of such goods and for providing traffic management guidance to the local personal property shipping offices that arranges for the moves. The Department of Defense spends over $400 million dollars a year to ship and store the household goods of its member authorized to make a transfer or to relocate within the 48 contiguous United States. The money is paid to commercial household good carriers and their agents located throughout the United States. GAO was asked to study the methods the Department used to solicit rates from moving companies and to select the companies it used. GAO was also asked to examine the Department's effectiveness in managing temporary storage required in conjunction with shipments of personal effects

Descriptors :   *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, *RELOCATION, *HOUSEHOLD GOODS, *SHIPPING, MILITARY PERSONNEL, FAMILY MEMBERS, TRANSFER, COMMERCE, COST ANALYSIS, CONGRESS, REPORTS, STORAGE.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE