Automating Property Accountability

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The current procedures for determining liability for property loss and damage have proven to be insufficient. Applying modern technology to the process will help the Army more effectively deter property loss. From 2005 to 2006, the Army experienced a 17-percent increase in lost, damaged, or destroyed (LDD) equipment. In 2007, this trend continued with an alarming 36-percent increase in LDD equipment. In fact, since the introduction of the Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss (FLIPL) process, the Army has almost doubled the rate at which accountability is being lost. And why should it not double? The word is out: Soldiers and leaders have finally learned that the FLIPL process is virtually useless as a deterrent to…show more content…
Using AKO to communicate with participants would eliminate the need to send Soldiers certified return receipt mail. The minimum cost for a 1-ounce first class certified letter with a return receipt is $5.21. Since a Soldier who is held financially liable is notified at least twice (once by the investigating officer and once by the approving authority), every finding of financial liability costs the Army $10.42 in postage. Eliminating the need to use “snail mail” would speed up communication and reduce costs. A final application of technology to improve communication in the FLIPL process should be to provide management tools to enable effective oversight of the FLIPL process. While this would most likely take the form of an automated Department of the Army Form 1659, Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss Register, other reports could be provided to categorize the FLIPLs by age, status, or dollar value. This chart reflects the results of using financial liability investigations to “fix” hand receipts rather than enforcing the proper use of paperwork and inventories. Each year, more and more Army equipment is written off because of inadequacies in the FLIPL process. Automating Repetitive Processes In the course of finding a respondent financially liable, a minimum of six memorandums are created and distributed. These documents
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