Operation Desert Storm:

Improved Air Force Procedures Are Needed for Special Project Supply Orders

NSIAD-92-81: Published: Jan 31, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the reliability, maintainability, and supportability of Air Force weapon systems during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, focusing on supply backorders that the Air Force made in support of Operation Desert Storm that were still outstanding as of July 1991.

GAO found that: (1) the Air Force did not always cancel outstanding backorders for Operation Desert Storm for units that redeployed from the Persian Gulf to peacetime locations or completed their support of deployed forces; (2) after its May 1991 inquiries regarding uncancelled invalid backorders, the Air Force Logistics Command requested the Air Force Central Command Supply Support Activity (CSSA) to cancel mass backorders for base supply activities in the Persian Gulf that were no longer supporting operations there; (3) as of July 1991, Operation Desert Storm backorders valued at $50.8 billion were still outstanding; (4) Air Force procedures and practices did not provide adequate guidance to ensure that backorders were cancelled when some units completed their participation in Operation Desert Storm; (5) the Air Force could not monitor the backorders' validity, because it lacked an accurate and comprehensive list of units authorized to use the special project code for priority processing of supply requests; and (6) the Air Force cancelled about $3.7 million in backorders for items no longer needed and redirected $4.4 million in Desert Storm backorders to meet other requirements.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: DOD reviewed the justification for continuing the use of the Desert Storm special project code. As a result of this review, the use of the code has been extended until November 30, 1993 for a limited number of designated operational units deployed into Southwest Asia for Operation Desert Sortie, and for reconstitution of prepositioned war reserve materiel. Other units modified the requisitions.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Air Force should require a review of the units still authorized to use the Desert Storm special project code to determine whether it is still justified.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Air Force identified units that were still authorized to receive requisitions with Desert Storm priority and to submit requisitions under the Desert Storm project code. Action was taken to cancel outstanding Desert Storm requisitions for units no longer authorized to use the special project code. The value of these requisitions is estimated to be $22.6 million.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Air Force should require the major commands to expeditiously cancel all backorders for Operation Desert Storm as authorized units complete their participation.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Air Force published revised procedures in Air Force Manual 67-1 specifying who is responsible for managing backorders for special projects and how and when backorders for special projects should be cancelled. Air Force officials noted that these improvements should significantly reduce the number of units that countine to use special project codes after the authorization period.

    Recommendation: Given the widespread use of special project codes, the Secretary of the Air Force should require the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics to revise procedures in Air Force Manual 67-1 to improve the Air Force's management of supply procedures for special projects. Revised procedures should specify: (1) who is responsible for managing backorders for special projects; (2) how and when backorders should be cancelled as special projects are completed; and (3) how responsibilities and procedures will differ, if at all, for peacetime and wartime special projects.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force

 

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