Defense Logistics: Better Fuel Pricing Practices Will Improve Budget Accuracy

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A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of Defense (DOD) Defense Working Capital Fund was used to buy $70 billion in commodities in fiscal year 2001. This amount is estimated to grow to $75 billion for fiscal year 2003. The department's financial management regulation states that fund activities will operate in a business-like fashion and incorporate full costs in determining the pricing of their products. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal year 2001 requires that GAO review the working capital fund activities to identify any potential changes in current management ... continued below

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United States. General Accounting Office. June 21, 2002.

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A letter report issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of Defense (DOD) Defense Working Capital Fund was used to buy $70 billion in commodities in fiscal year 2001. This amount is estimated to grow to $75 billion for fiscal year 2003. The department's financial management regulation states that fund activities will operate in a business-like fashion and incorporate full costs in determining the pricing of their products. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal year 2001 requires that GAO review the working capital fund activities to identify any potential changes in current management processes or policies that would result in a more efficient and economical operation. The act also requires that GAO review the Defense Logistics Agency's (DLA) efficiency, effectiveness, and flexibility of operational practices and identify ways to improve services. One such DLA activity, the Defense Energy Support Center, sold $4.7 billion of various petroleum-related products to the military services in fiscal year 2001. DOD's fuel prices have not reflected the full cost of fuel as envisioned in the working capital fund concept because cash movements to the fund balance and surcharge inaccuracies have affected the stabilized annual fuel prices. Over $4 billion was moved into and out of the working capital fund from fiscal year 1993 to 2002. These adjustments affected the extent to which subsequent years' prices reflected the full cost of fuel. In addition, the surcharges did not accurately account for fuel-related costs as required by DOD's Financial Management Regulation."

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United States. General Accounting Office. Defense Logistics: Better Fuel Pricing Practices Will Improve Budget Accuracy, report, June 21, 2002; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc291932/: accessed December 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.