Air Force Continues to Repair Parts When Serviceable Parts Are Available

LCD-77-202: Published: Jun 7, 1977. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 1977.

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The Air Force unnecessarily spends millions of dollars to repair parts when more than sufficient quantities of serviceable parts are available to meet current needs.

The Air Force has not and will not make effective use of available serviceable quantities until substantial changes are initiated because the mechanized system does not notify maintenance personnel of the quantities available to preclude repairs; Air Force personnel are not familiar with the objectives and procedures for using routed repair replacement quantity assets; and, although aware that unneeded repairs are occurring, the Air Force has not instituted management action to make sure that replacement quantities are used to preclude repairs. Neither material management nor maintenance activity officials want to take responsibility for this last action.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Air Force to initiate management action to establish procedures and systems that will periodically identify all assets to be repaired at the depot maintenance level and match these records with the quantity of serviceable replacement parts that can be used to preclude repair; to change regulations to clearly delineate responsibilities for assuring the use of serviceable replacement assets to preclude repairs made by maintenance activities and contractors; and to train material management and maintenance personnel on the system's use and the concept of utilizing available serviceable assets rather than repairing unserviceable assets.

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