DCCUMENT ESUME 03977 - B2854109] k.'... rThe Air Force's Decision Not to Permit Overseas Travel of a Dependent Wifel HRL-78-5; B-146861. October 7, 1977. 2 pp. Report to Rep. John . Mosc; by Gregory J. Ahart, Director, Human Resources Div. Issue Area: Personnel Management and Compensation: Compensation (305). Contact: Human Resource" Div. Budget Function: General Government: Central Personnel Management (805) . Organizatlcn Concerned: Department of the Air crce. congressional Relevance: Rep. John E. Moss. The Air Frce decided not tc permit Mrs. Gladys Carroll to accompany her husband to Camp New Amsterdam in the Netherlands, because she has multiple sclerosis and the necessary medical treatment capability s not aviioble at the facility. Findings/Conclusions: Data on dependents with multiple sclerosis who have accompanied service meabers to Camp New Amsterdam in the past 5 years are either unavailable or difficult and time ccnsumitq to develop. Computerzed medical records for the CamF New Amsterdam clinic cou3d not be used n obtain tis data because the clinic provides oi.ly outpatient care, and computerized outpatient records are no- aintained by specific diagnosis. Information would be incomplete since compuLrized assignrent records for enlisted personnel are destroyed upon separation from the Air Force. he Information for the past 5 years was not developed. (SW) RESTRICTED. -/ to be releaced c"t!de the geha AceQountlng Of c ?Ics ciflC aP-.o. by the Office of gresslonal Re Lo. UNITED STATES GENERAL ACCOUNTINlG OFMCE WASHINGTON, D.C. 2051 N'g7 OCT 7 197) HUMAN REUOUIRCc DIVISION B-146861 The Honorable John E. Moss United States House of Representatives Dear Mr. Moss: Your August 1, 1977, le.ter requested that we look into the circumstances surrounding the Air Force's decision not to permit Mrs. Gladys Carroll to accompany her husband to Camp New Amsterdam in the Netherlands because she has multiple sclerosis and the necessary medical treatment caphbility is not available at the facility. The medical facility at Camp New Amsterdam is a clinic with three physicians and support staff. Air Force officials told us that the clinic cannot povide necessary treatment for multiple sclerosis and that the nearest facility which can is a local university ospital abou. 12 miles away. Medical care at other military facilities can be obtained by using medical air evacuation planes which are scheduled to stop at (amp New Amsterdam each Thursday, if requested. According to .n Air Force official, stops on other days can be arranged if 48 hotrs notice is provided. Therefore, as a practical matter, any care required for Mrr. Carroll cn an emergency basis would have to be provided at the local university hospital uder the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services. There is only one dependent with multiple sclerosis currently at Camp New Amsterdam The dependent, whose illness i 'table, has received treatment at tne clinic for related anxiety and depression. According to medical officials at Camp New Amsterdam and the Air Force Surgeon General's office, the Air Force was not awdre dependent hd multiple sclerosis until after arrival at Camj d According to Air Force regulations, this informalt been shown o the medical clearance form that must b eor dependents before they accompany service members overaeab HRD-78-5 (990516) B-146861 With regard to your request for data on dependents with multiple sclerosis who have accompanied service members to Camp New Amsterdam in the past 5 years, we found that much of this iormation is either unavailable or very difficult and time consuming to develop. Computerized medical records for the Camp New Amsterdam clinic could not be used to obtain this data because the clinic provides only outpatient care and computerized outpatient records are not maintained by specific diagnosis. Obtaining this infonation would require: --Identifying by a computer search the approximate 4,000 individuals that have been assigned to Camp New Amsterdam during the past 5 years. -- Determining where those individuals are :rently assigned, and visiting those locations, which could be spread all over the world, to manually examine their personnel records to see if dependents accompanied them to Camp New Amsterdam. --Manually examining the medical records of accompanying dependents to establish whether they had multiple sclerosis while at Camp New Amsterdam. Even if the above were done, the results would probably be incomplete because computerized assignment records for enlisted personnel are destroyed upon separation from the Air Force. According to Air Force officials, a manual search of enlisted personnel records to determine past assignments would require months of effort. About 90 percent of the persons assigned to Camp New Amsterdam are enlisted personnel. Based on the foregoing, it was agreed with your staff that we would not attempt. to deveiop the requested data over the past 5 years. We regret that much of the information you asked for was not available. However, we hope the information we did obtain will be useful in resolving Mrs. Carroll's situation. Sincerely yours, .Gregor J. rt Direct r
The Air Force's Decision Not to Permit Overseas Travel of a Dependent Wife
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1977-10-07.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)