Opportunity For Improving Results Of Tire-Rebuilding Programs In Europe

B-159200: Published: Jan 8, 1971. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1971.

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GAO reviewed the military services' participation in Europe's tire-rebuilding programs, focusing on motor vehicle tires.

GAO noted that: (1) neither the Army nor the Air Force has used rebuilt tires to the extent possible; (2) about $1 million could have been saved in Europe during fiscal year 1969 if a more effective tire-rebuilding program had been available; (3) the Army and the Air Force were selling used tires to scrap dealers at nominal prices when significant quantities of tires could have been rebuilt; (4) neither the Army nor the Air Force had surveillance systems to monitor the performance of the rebuilding programs; (5) tire-rebuilding programs provide an effective and economical way to meet requirements; and (6) both the Army and the Air Force lacked adequate supply discipline for ensuring that reparable tires are identified and rebuilt instead of scrapped.

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