Air Force Progress in Implementing the Phase IV Base Level Computer Replacement Program

IMTEC-84-7: Published: Jan 18, 1984. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 1984.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Air Force's Phase IV Base Level Computer Replacement Program which is designed to replace existing computers at 118 air bases worldwide. The Air Force's purchase of the computers is contingent upon successful demonstration of the hardware and the converted software.

GAO found that the Air Force had selected a contractor before software conversion from the old to the new computers and performance testing had been completed. Because of difficulties in converting the old software to run on the new computers and in demonstrating that the new computers can meet the bases' expected workload, the Air Force is 6 months behind schedule in implementing Phase IV at its first site. GAO noted that, although the Air Force and the contractor have taken steps to minimize delays and to complete software conversion and testing efforts, they continue to experience difficulties in: (1) converting software from old to new computers; and (2) demonstrating that the computers operate properly and can handle base workloads. GAO believes that the Air Force must continue to closely monitor the program and, although every effort should be made to stay on schedule and to avoid increased program costs, overall program quality should not be compromised. GAO also believes that additional Air Force actions to reduce program costs need to be taken before Phase IV can be effectively implemented at other bases.

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