Federal Efforts Regarding Automated Manufacturing Need Stronger Leadership

AFMD-83-68: Published: May 26, 1983. Publicly Released: May 26, 1983.

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GAO determined how federal efforts collectively influence the adoption of automated manufacturing technologies and whether any changes in overall federal involvement or leadership are indicated.

GAO found that the government is taking an uncoordinated approach in its activities and policy decisions that can facilitate or impede private sector adoption of automated manufacturing. GAO believes that, to improve the effectiveness of federal automated manufacturing efforts and to keep pace with other countries adopting such technologies, more focused leadership is needed. The Department of Commerce should take on a leadership role to bring together interested parties and ensure that federal efforts to encourage automated manufacturing are rational and cost effective.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Commerce will continue to monitor federal efforts relating to manufacturing technology and private sector adoption trends, both as a means to assess and/or propose changes to federal policies. No additional GAO work is necessary.

    Recommendation: The Department of Commerce should assume leadership in guiding federal efforts related to automated manufacturing. Specifically, Commerce should work with affected agencies and industries to develop an appropriate federal mechanism for: (1) planning, assessing, and coordinating federal efforts related to automated manufacturing; (2) evaluating the impact of these federal efforts; (3) identifying research gaps; and (4) maintaining a continuing dialogue with affected parties in both the public and private sectors.

    Agency Affected: Department of Commerce


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