Modification Programs:

Proposed Changes to the Army's Approval Process

NSIAD-88-126BR: Published: Mar 23, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1988.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Army's proposed changes to its approval process for equipment modification.

GAO found that under the proposed plan: (1) modifications exceeding $25 million would require approval by the Army acquisition executive; (2) the program executive officer, a new position in the acquisition management hierarchy, would approve modifications costing from $5 to $25 million; (3) project managers would be responsible for modifications of less than $5 million; (4) Army headquarters would no longer approve many low-cost product improvement programs; and (5) the Army Materiel Command would implement the changes. GAO believes that the plan would provide Army headquarters with added visibility over high-cost changes, while placing responsibility for low-cost modifications with project managers.

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