Overseas Allowances

Improvements Needed in Administration Gao ID: NSIAD-90-46 February 12, 1990

Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO assessed the adequacy of military overseas housing allowances and the timeliness of cost-of-living adjustments to allowances.

GAO found that: (1) a lack of internal controls resulted in inaccurate and incomplete data to support allowance rates; (2) the rental allowance was adequate since it was based on actual rent paid; (3) the non-rent portion of the allowance was based on inaccurate computations for utility, maintenance, and moving expenses; (4) the Department of Defense (DOD) Per Diem, Travel, and Transportation Allowance Committee did not always follow its policy for adjusting cost-of-living and housing allowances when required; and (5) the Committee did not timely collect and use cost-of-living and housing survey data.


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