Utilization of Navy Long Supply Aviation Assets:

Improved Coordination and Supervision Needed

PLRD-82-121: Published: Sep 17, 1982. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1982.

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GAO completed a followup review of the Navy's program for using long supply aviation assets in producing aircraft airframes, engines, and targets. In a prior report, GAO identified weaknesses in the operation of this program and recommended specific actions for its improvement.

GAO found that the Navy's program for utilizing long supply aviation assets in new production continues to fall short of realizing its optimum effectiveness. Coordination is inadequate between the Naval Air Systems Command and the Aviation Supply Office during the screening process and the verification of available items selected by the contractors. In addition, available assets have been offered to the contractors too late for use in the applicable production year or they have not been offered at all.

Recommendation 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 Secretary of the Navy should direct the Naval Air Systems Command to: (1) increase supervision over the program for requesting and providing long supply aviation assets to production contractors; and (2) request annual screening for long supply aviation assets in January rather than April. This action would permit available assets to be offered to production contractors early enough for suitable items to be used in the applicable production year.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

 

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