Opportunities To Improve the Effectiveness of the Army's Logistics Review Process

NSIAD-83-25: Published: Aug 5, 1983. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1983.

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GAO examined the Army's independent review process of integrated logistics support (ILS) planning during its acquisition operations. The reviews are conducted by the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics (DCSLOG) and the Logistics Evaluation Agency (LEA).

GAO found that some evaluation shortcomings may adversely affect the efficiency of the process and that improvements should be made. GAO noted that problems usually occur because: (1) only cursory reviews are conducted on some Army systems which increases the probability that support problems will go undetected; (2) testing agencies do not always submit complete and timely data; (3) DCSLOG and LEA do not routinely identify the actions needed to correct support and logistics problems; and (4) the criteria for identifying problems tend to be too subjective and need to be more objectively related to operational readiness.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Army, to strengthen its independent logistics review process and ultimately better ensure the supportability and readiness of newly fielded systems, should examine ways to better ensure that Army systems receive a sufficient, independent review of the adequacy of their ILS planning. As part of this examination, the Army should reassess the adequacy of LEA personnel resources devoted to ILS reviews with a view toward bringing any mismatch between responsibilities and staffing more into line.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Army, to strengthen its independent logistics review process and ultimately better ensure the supportability and readiness of newly fielded systems, should emphasize the need for participants in the acquisition process to provide LEA the timely and complete data which it needs to do its review. This should include the sharing of interim test results between LEA and Army testing agencies.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Army, to strengthen its independent logistics review process and ultimately better ensure the supportability and readiness of newly fielded systems, should require that the outcome of DCSLOG and LEA reviews includes specific written recommendations for corrective action and identifies the activities responsible for accomplishing them. Also, the Army should require DCSLOG and LEA to develop a more formal system for following up on the actions taken to correct the problems.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  4. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Army, to strengthen its independent logistics review process and ultimately better ensure the supportability and readiness of newly fielded systems, should more objectively define the significance of problems identified in terms of their potential impact on systems readiness.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

 

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