Army Should Use Available Serviceable Parts To Avoid Repairs

LCD-79-205: Published: Jan 31, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 1979.

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The Army has been spending millions of needless dollars for repair costs at its bases by neglecting to use a stock inventory control system and contracting for needless repairs. It has been a known problem since 1972. The Army recognizes the benefits of using available replacement parts but has taken no action to correct its procedures.

The Army has not developed effective procedures for: (1) identifying parts that are being repaired; (2) notifying supply depots that replacement parts are available; and (3) matching repair actions with available parts.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: To make the repair system more efficient, the Army should adopt procedures to make sure that item managers do not schedule repair programs for items already in long supply and set up a more timely reporting system to alert item managers that scheduled repairs are no longer needed because stock positions have changed from short to long supply. It should be determined whether items regularly repaired but classified as nonreparable should be classified as reparable. Unserviceable parts resulting from replacement actions should be retained and, if necessary, scheduled for repair to satisfy future requirements for serviceable parts. At present, industrial fund cost practices encourage depot managers to repair rather than replace parts, even when long supply serviceable parts are available. The solution is to change the pricing procedures to eliminate cost disparities caused by utilizing parts in long supply.

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