M1 Tank Engine Depot Maintenance Plan Needs Clarification

PLRD-83-57: Published: Mar 24, 1983. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1983.

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GAO reviewed the Army's decision concerning where the M1 tank engine will be overhauled.

GAO found that there is a lack of coordination and control between the various Army organizations involved in planning and establishing the depot maintenance capability for the M1 turbine engine. This has resulted in a significant difference between the original plan proposed by the Army and endorsed by the Secretary of Defense and the action plan being followed by the depots to establish overhaul capability. Due to the differing interpretations of the Secretary of Defense's guidance and mandates, overhaul capability at the selected sites is being created which duplicates existing underutilized capability in the Department of Defense.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: DOD did not concur with the recommendation. DOD and the Army have effected positive coordination and control to plan and establish a viable depot maintenance capability for the M-1 turbine engine

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Army to establish effective coordination and control between the various Army organizations who plan and establish depot maintenance capability for the M1 turbine engine.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  2. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The nonconcurrence was based on DOD stating that Anniston has capability for the items while Corpus Christi does not. GAO did not find either of these to be true during its review. Anniston had stated that minor modifications and costs would be required to acquire capability through surplus equipment. Corpus Christi disagreed stating that it already had existing capability

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Army to reassign overhaul responsibility for the 19 items in enclosures I and II to Corpus Christi Army Depot.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  3. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: DOD maintains that the appropriate assessments were made in January 1983. GAO feels that this was the result of its review which suggested the establishment of duplicate capability at Anniston and Corpus Christi.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Army to reassess the remaining engine items scheduled for overhaul at Anniston and Mainz to ensure assignment of items requiring depot level repair/overhaul to Corpus Christi, Texas.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  4. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: DOD did not concur because of the January 1983 assessments and because items will not be reassigned to Corpus Christs if Anniston and Mainz have the capability to overhaul them. Neither had the capability at the time of the GAO review. The 15-month lapse in response gave the Army time to establish such capabilities at those depots.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Army to reassign overhaul responsibility for the M1 engine from Anniston and Mainz to Corpus Christi if the above assessment results in assignment of a high percentage of total overhaulable items to that facility.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

 

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