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Navy's Aviation Logistics System Not Ready for Deployment

IMTEC-90-11: Published: Feb 9, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 1990.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the risks and benefits of the Naval Aviation Logistics Command Management System (NALCOMIS) warrant its scheduled deployment.

GAO found that NALCOMIS is not ready for phase II deployment because: (1) the Navy did not adequately perform some key software development steps; (2) the Navy confined phase II operational testing to sites that were not representative of the heavy processing work loads and system availability requirements of some sites; (3) the Navy did not base NALCOMIS security features on the required system risk assessment or cost-effective countermeasures; (4) security test results did not indicate that the Navy tested important system controls; (5) the Navy did not develop the documentation necessary to efficiently maintain the system; and (6) the Navy did not demonstrate that NALCOMIS was consistently producing improvements in aircraft readiness.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The December 1990 MAISRC review directed the Navy to develop a maintenance manual within the first year of system implementation.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Navy to defer any further phase II deployment until the NALCOMIS program office develops a system maintenance manual.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The December 1990 MAISRC review directed the Navy to provide a plan and timetable for completing system security testing.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Navy to defer any further phase II deployment until the NALCOMIS program office fully assesses system security requirements and completely tests system security features.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: DOD recommended that the Navy submit an evaluation plan to measure system benefits, although MAISRC approved the system for deployment.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Navy to defer any further phase II deployment until the NALCOMIS program office clearly demonstrates that system benefits are actually being achieved.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  4. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: DOD conducted a MAISRC review in December 1990 and recommended more complete operational testing.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Navy to defer any further phase II deployment until the NALCOMIS program office successfully completes operational testing aboard a carrier and at a large naval air station.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  5. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Department of Defense (DOD) held a Major Automated Information Systems Review Committee (MAISRC) review in December 1990 and granted conditional approval of the system pending successful completion of stress testing.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Navy to defer any further phase II deployment until the NALCOMIS program office fully stress tests the system.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  6. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Navy successfully completed the MAISRC review in December 1990.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Major Automated Information System Review Committee to withhold its phase II deployment approval until the council reviews the Navy's efforts to expeditiously satisfy information system requirements.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

 

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