The Defense Logistics Agency has tightened controls over who receives potentially dangerous equipment being disposed of as excess but needs to do more to ensure that those getting it are eligible, GAO has said.
GAO said it created a fictitious federal agency to test internal controls in the Law Enforcement Support Office program, through which DoD transfers excess items to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. About 4 to 7 percent of that is deemed not suitable for release to the public, it said.
However, GAO said that in its test it obtained more than 100 controlled items with an estimated value of $1.2 million, “including night-vision goggles, simulated rifles, and simulated pipe bombs, which could be potentially lethal items if modified with commercially available items.”
“GAO’s testing identified that DLA has deficiencies in the processes for verification and approval of federal law enforcement agency applications and in the transfer of controlled property, such as DLA personnel not routinely requesting and verifying identification of individuals picking up controlled property or verifying the quantity of approved items prior to transfer,” said a report.
Further, GAO found that DLA has not conducted a fraud risk assessment on the LESO program, including the application process. It said that DoD concurred with its recommendations.