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.

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