Improvements Are Needed in Managing Aircraft Used by Federal Civilian Agencies

LCD-77-430: Published: Dec 22, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1977.

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Civilian agencies in the Federal Government own over 650 aircraft worth at least $340 million. They lease, charter, or rent several thousand more annually. Millions of dollars are spent each year by agencies to acquire and operate the combined civilian government aircraft fleet. This is done by each agency independently and without any government-wide policy guidance.

The differences in the policies and procedures for all aspects of aircraft operations among the agencies contribute to inefficient and uneconomical aircraft programs. Because there is no information system for the aircraft resources of the civil agencies, agencies do not have sufficient information to determine aircraft needs, methods to obtain aircraft services, aircraft utilization practices, maintenance and storage practices, uniform operating standards, and standard pilot qualifications.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget should: require reevaluation of existing aircraft program needs and capabilities, even if this means releasing some aircraft or using an alternative source for support capabilities; develop overall policy to provide broad guidance for standardizing common civil agency aircraft program activities such as aircraft acquisition, utilization, maintenance, and storage; take action to bring about increased interagency cooperation regarding aircraft programs, with emphasis on greater interagency use of aircraft and support facilities and on identifying potentials for consolidation contracts and agreements for commercial aircraft services; and develop overall criteria for uniform cost systems and aircraft information systems that will standardize costs and identify agency aircraft and aircraft services that could be shared. OMB should investigate the possibility of having a single manager for common aircraft program activities.

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