Federal Manager's Daily Report

GAO: DOD Needs Tighter Controls over USO Funding

The venerable United Services Organization, through the

Department of Defense, has been entertaining and supporting

troops for over 60 years, but one thing it hasn’t been

doing is keeping track of its expenses, the General

Accounting Office has said.

It said Congress has given about $25 million in grants

to support an endowment fund, as well as other money, but

the total monetary value of DoD’s support could not be

determined because neither DoD nor the USO has

record-keeping systems that aggregates the needed

information.

GAO recommended that DoD change program guidance and

record-keeping systems, and improve tests of internal

controls. DoD agreed with GAO’s suggestions.

www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-04-56.