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.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should take the necessary action to ensure that the Air Force and the Army will improve their programs and use more rebuilt tires in Europe to satisfy the needs of operating organizations. Such improved programs should include but should not be limited to: (1) inspection of tires on vehicles during vehicle maintenance to ensure removal at the required time for rebuilding; (2) inspections periodically of condemned tires in disposal yards to make sure that tires which can be rebuilt and used are not scrapped; (3) initiation of operational standards and a reporting system which would adequately measure the performance of the tire-rebuilding program at each base; and (4) the General Services Administration should be consulted for any standards dealing with the use of rebuilt tires. The Secretary of Defense should determine whether the military services are using rebuilt tires to the extent possible in other geographical areas and provide for continuing follow-up reviews to ensure that appropriate corrective actions are taken when necessary.

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