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DOD Excess Property Systems: Throwing Away Millions, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, June 7, 2005   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Christopher Shays, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations of the Committee on Government Reform, discussing the process and resulting waste in the disposal of excess DOD property: "Following the frugal maxim, 'One man's trash is another man's treasure,' the Department of Defense [DOD], sells or donates equipment and commodities determined to be in excess of military needs. But now we find the Pentagon is throwing out a great deal of treasure with the trash, disposing of items at steep discounts through one program while other offices within DOD buy the same things new and at full price. Problems in the DOD excess property system are chronic, they're dangerous, and extensive. Three years ago this subcommittee discovered DOD continued to sell top-grade chemical protective suits on the Internet while military units were waiting to acquire exactly the same gear at 10 times the on-line cost. In 2003, we revealed the indiscriminate sale of biological lab equipment by DOD without an assessment of the risks it might be used against us by terrorists. Today, the true scope and costs of systemic weaknesses in the surplus supply chain come into clearer view. At the subcommittee's request, the Government Accountability Office [GAO], extensively audited and tested DOD excess property systems. Their report released this afternoon finds substantial waste and inefficiencies intractably embedded in sloppy, uncoordinated management and inventory control processes."

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Serial Number 109-51
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2005-06-07
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