Navy Logistics Data-Base Problems Need Increased Management Attention

NSIAD-83-48: Published: Aug 19, 1983. Publicly Released: Aug 19, 1983.

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GAO completed a review of Navy efforts to improve the accuracy of its logistics database as a part of a project to acquire new computers and redesign the Uniform Inventory Control Point (UICP) system.

Over the years, the accuracy and reliability of logistics information in the UICP database has been challenged in GAO and other audit reports. GAO has stated that incomplete inventory data in Navy computer records have resulted in understatement of stock on hand and overbuying. Logistics managers at the inventory control points are aware of the inaccuracies in the system and there are a number of ongoing efforts designed to improve database quality. However, GAO found that the plans which the Navy has developed to replace the computer and totally redesign the UICP system do not adequately address the database problems and that independent efforts to redesign the system are being made by different entities within the inventory control points.

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 Commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command should establish milestones for completing the project to correct the database.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy: Naval Supply Systems Command

  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 Commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command should assign management responsibilities for overseeing the entire effort.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy: Naval Supply Systems Command

  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 Commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command should assign specific responsibilities to assure that all significant errors are identified and that correct data are entered into the files.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy: Naval Supply Systems Command

  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 Commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command should determine the relative accuracy or inaccuracy of critical data elements within these segments.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy: Naval Supply Systems Command

  5. 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 Commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command should identify those segments of the UICP database that are critical to the decisionmaking process.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy: Naval Supply Systems Command

  6. 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 Commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command should make the necessary resources available to complete this project.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy: Naval Supply Systems Command

 

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