Management of Reparable Spare Aircraft Components Needs To Be Improved

PLRD-81-17: Published: Apr 21, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1981.

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GAO reviewed the Navy's management of reparable spare aircraft components, including operational support inventory items and rotatable pool items. Although the management of these components has been the subject of past reviews, serious weaknesses still exist.

Much of the operational stock inventory material is excess to authorized allowances, and many of the allowances are higher than can be justified based on demand. These problems exist in spite of the fact that much of the material is managed under the Closed Loop Aeronautical Management Program, a program of intensified management for critical mission essential reparable components. Neither the Aviation Supply Office nor the responsible base supply activities have kept accurate records of the rotatable spare material at the naval air rework facilities. Spares allowances are not always updated to reflect experienced demand, and assets excess to established allowances are not always returned to the wholesale system to allow for automatic referral of requisitions and to facilitate redistribution.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should direct the Auditor General to make follow up reviews to ensure that the procedures are consistently followed.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

  2. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should direct the Commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command to reemphasize to the Aviation Supply Office and the operating activities the need to consistently follow established procedures for setting and adjusting spares allowances and for managing assets on hand.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

 

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