The Cost Of Aerospace Ground Equipment Could Be Reduced

B-177751: Published: Sep 11, 1974. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1974.

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GAO examined the Air Force's expenditures for aerospace ground equipment (AGE), focusing on whether there was a need for such equipment or whether less costly alternatives would satisfy Air Force requirements.

GAO noted that: (1) the cost of 9 of 88 special AGE items could have been substantially eliminated--$341,500 out of $343,600--if the Air Force had used maintenance procedures not requiring special AGE; (2) an additional $339,900 could have been saved on 23 items if the Air Force had considered the less costly alternative of manufacturing AGE in-house in lieu of procurement from the contractors; (3) thus, the cost of 32 of 88 items could have been reduced by $681,400; (4) further savings could have been realized if nine additional items had been standardized to perform common functions on several aircraft; (5) GAO concluded that procedures used in selecting and screening AGE needed strengthening, particularly the information used to determine what equipment is available to perform various maintenance functions; and (6) when it is necessary to acquire new AGE, the Air Force should consider local manufacture if it is a more economical method of satisfying its needs.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Air Force should: (1) evaluate and strengthen procedures to insure that new AGE items are not acquired until it has been determined that maintenance cannot be performed without AGE or cannot be performed with common AGE already in inventory; (2) establish a program to develop complete, current, and accurate information on common AGE already available in inventory; and (3) consider manufacturing AGE in-house.

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