State Department: Management of Overseas Real Property Needs Improvement : Report to the Chairman, Legislation and National Security Subcommittee, Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives

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Page 19 - FBO officials offered the following reasons as to why formal long- and short-range plans were not being prepared: (1) funding is not available to implement such plans; (2) FBO buys and sells properties as opportunities arise, and formal planning is therefore of marginal benefit; and (3) FBO has plans but they are not written down. The lack of effective planning has resulted in FBO decisions that may not have been in the best interests of the US government in Cairo and Hong Kong.
Page 4 - In our 1988 review, we noted that lease costs and square footage were inaccurately reported, and/or properties were not added to or deleted from the Inventory list in each of the seven countries visited.
Page 1 - Department space standards are based on adequate housing comparable to dwellings in the metropolitan Washington area, determined by family size and configuration. For example, a single employee with one child is authorized a two-bedroom housing unit. The space standards are adjusted for overseas localities and representational use.
Page 16 - In fiscal year 1987, FBO developed and tested a personal computer (PC) version of REMS for overseas posts. It was to be installed at 40 mediumsized posts in fiscal year 1988. However, the PC version was installed at only two posts, Lisbon and Oslo, in 1988.
Page 2 - Kong is costing the US government an extra $0.5 million, out of a total annual cost of $5.7 million. Our review indicated that each overseas post had either ignored or misinterpreted the space standards at least to some extent.
Page 10 - Division's responsibilities are to analyze current property management practices and recommend changes if necessary, monitor compliance with established property management practices, monitor...
Page 6 - Deputy Chief of Mission, to provide annual certifications of post compliance with all regulations, policies, and procedures governing real property management.
Page 17 - REMS management is usually assigned to a foreign national employee, such as a supply clerk or a secretary. The foreign service...
Page 5 - State officials acknowledge that they have not developed country plans to determine what real estate needs exist and how best to satisfy them. Rather, they use a technique they call "rationalization/'which involves selling high-dollar-value, prime properties and purchasing cheaper substitute properties.
Page 16 - REMS does not correctly show the State Department's real property inventory. REMS quarterly inventory reports continue to contain inaccurate and incomplete data.

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