Ship Utilization in Support of the Global War on Terror   [open pdf - 2MB]

"We evaluated the effectiveness of policies and procedures used to ensure that activated Government-owned and -chartered vessels were used to the maximum extent prior to procuring commercial transportation to Southwest Asia. We assessed the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) policies for selecting the most cost-efficient vessel by reviewing the existing United Services Contract for commercial liner services and reviewing records for 249 USTRANSCOM ship movements in support of the Global War on Terror. We also reviewed Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) recommendations made to USTRANSCOM on transporting DoD cargo to Southwest Asia. USTRANSCOM's commercial vessel selection process does not evaluate whether a liner or charter vessel is the most cost-effective alternative. Also, USTRANSCOM officials do not document Southwest Asia vessel selection rationale when selecting from SDDC recommendations. SDDC does not enforce penalties for late delivery of cargo under the Universal Service Contract-5. USTRANSCOM has no formal process to implement or document DoD requirements to annually size the United States sealift fleet in order to meet peacetime, contingency, and projected wartime requirements. We identified internal control weaknesses for the USTRANSCOM vessel selection process and for SDDC relating to the absence of contract management controls to enforce penalties for late deliveries of cargo."

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Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General, Report No. D-2009-093
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