More Credibility Needed in Air Force Requirements Determination Process

PLRD-82-22: Published: Jan 7, 1982. Publicly Released: Jan 7, 1982.

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GAO reviewed the Air Force requirements computations system for reparable items to determine whether the information was based on accurate data and whether management's treatment of these data were reasonable.

GAO found that requirements computations for half of those items studied during the buying stage were either understated or overstated leading to unnecessary and costly procurement actions. GAO believes that these problems stem from: (1) a lack of understanding of system operations, concepts, and philosophies; (2) a questionable quality control program; and (3) ineffective supervision. GAO further found that certain requirements determination policies and regulations were unclear. Also, the requirements were often based on inaccurate, incomplete, or out-of-date information.

Recommendations 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 Air Force should direct the Commander, Air Force Logistics Command, to reemphasize to item managers the necessity for researching the differences between the stock balances reported by field activities to ensure the accuracy of the asset data used in the requirements computation.

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

  2. 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 Air Force should direct the Commander, Air Force Logistics Command, to clarify existing instructions to inform item managers where to obtain the data used in completing the asset reconciliation form so that issues from the system are not duplicated in the various categories.

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

  3. 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 Air Force should direct the Commander, Air Force Logistics Command, to followup on the programming changes being made to ensure that items transferred between base supply accounts are not coded as issues from the supply system.

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

  4. 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 Air Force should direct the Commander, Air Force Logistics Command, to correct the personnel and system problems which caused the misstated requirements and procurement actions found during the review.

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

  5. 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 Air Force should direct the Commander, Air Force Logistics Command, to develop a reporting system which identifies, to the item managers, requirements for the DO-41 items used in mockups so that an appropriate requirement level can be established to adequately support the equipment and to avoid the current situation of using operating stock intended for aircraft and other equipment support. The reporting system should also provide information to the item manager as to when mockup requirements are satisfied so that the manager can reduce the item's requirement and avoid buying items to support nonexistent requirements.

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

 

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