Noncompetitive Procurement of Aeronautical Spare Parts at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center

B-200136: Published: Oct 31, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1980.

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The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center (OCALC) annually purchases spare parts using noncompetitive procurement practices. A survey was made of these practices.

OCALC is not taking timely action to increase competition on high-dollar value replenishment of spare part purchases. It uses the same intermittent process to assemble reprocurement data packages regardless of the dollar value involved. This practice has significantly slowed down the assembly of complete packages for high-dollar parts, and has resulted in concentrating overall breakout efforts on low-dollar value parts. A relatively small number of high-dollar value parts represent most of the potential savings associated with breakout. It is the view of GAO that the data assembly process should be expedited and completed without interruption for such items so they can be competed and procurement savings optimized as soon as possible.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken by the agency.

    Recommendation: The Commander, OCALC, should: (1) identify the high-dollar value parts lacking data needed for competition; and (2) expedite the assembly of bid packages for such items by instituting a continuous, uninterrupted data assembly process or purchasing complete data packages from the contractor when cost/benefit studies dictate.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force


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