Requisitions for M1 Components Are Not Justified by Past Demands

NSIAD-84-118: Published: May 29, 1984. Publicly Released: May 29, 1984.

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Henry W. Connor
(202) 275-4141
contact@gao.gov

 

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

During a review of the fielding of the M1 tank in Europe, GAO examined Army general supply policies and new equipment spare parts provisions actions by the U.S. Army, Europe.

GAO found that two Army units had requisitioned M1 tank components valued at $511,000 which were not justified by past demands. The units requisitioned direct exchange assets to eliminate identified shortages based on inventory control recommended supply levels for the number of tanks fielded. However Army Regulation (A.R.) 710-2 provides that a reparable component must have at least six demands per year to be added to the direct exchange stock list and three demands per year to be retained on the list. A sample of M1 component demand histories identified 21 items that had not experienced the minimum number of requests to be retained on the list. GAO reported that the requisitions were inappropriate based on the M1 tank's record of operational readiness, Army supply policies, and actual parts demands.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Requisitions for $425,000 in excess of needs were cancelled.

    Recommendation: The Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army, Europe, should cancel the requisitions submitted by VII Corps' support activity for those components listed in enclosure I of this report.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army: U.S. Army, Europe

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Direct exchange supply policies were implemented and excess requisitions were cancelled.

    Recommendation: The Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army, Europe should apply direct exchange supply policies in A.R. 710-2 to the remaining M1 direct exchange component requisitions submitted by VII Corps' support activity and cancel those which are not justified by demands.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army: U.S. Army, Europe

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The requisitions were cancelled as part of the action taken on another recommendation. These cannot be broken out separately.

    Recommendation: The Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army, Europe should cancel the division's requisitions listed in enclosure II of this report.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army: U.S. Army, Europe

  4. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Action was taken to ensure that future requisitions are based on A.R. 710-2 policies.

    Recommendation: The Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army, Europe should base future requisitions on the policies in A.R. 710-2.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army: U.S. Army, Europe

 

Explore the full database of GAO's Open Recommendations »

Sep 22, 2016

Sep 21, 2016

Sep 19, 2016

Sep 12, 2016

Sep 8, 2016

Sep 7, 2016

Sep 6, 2016

Aug 25, 2016

Looking for more? Browse all our products here