Opportunities To Improve the Navy's Retrograde Materials Program

LCD-80-99: Published: Aug 14, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 1980.

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A review was undertaken of the Navy's retrograde distribution program. Specifically, GAO evaluated the retrograde of reparable items to determine if components were being returned by the most economical mode of transportation and if these components were being repaired in a timely manner.

In its review, GAO found that the Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet had not reported about $44 million of excess reparable and consumable material to the Aviation Supply Office, the cognizant inventory manager for these items. Additionally, GAO found that: (1) a lack of discipline on the part of item managers in the Aviation Supply Office to follow established policies and procedures contributed to the backlog of items awaiting repair parts; (2) about $2 million of the combined $17 million in inventory carried in Naval Industrial Fund Inventory Record store accounts, which provide support to the repair shops, has not been reported for disposition even though it is classified as excess; (3) identical items were stocked in several stores; (4) some stores were exceeding their authorized stock levels and storing stocks which were not authorized; (5) unauthorized supplies held by some stores were needed and on-order at stores authorized to carry the items; (6) management reports of the total time needed to repair an item did not include time awaiting parts for that time which exceeded 30 days; and (7) the computer system at the Aviation Supply Office could not match the various segments of data received to arrive at a breakdown for total repair cycle time.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Chief of Naval Operations should direct the Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet, to issue guidance and procedures to ensure that excess aviation materials are reported to national inventory managers for Navy-wide redistribution and use. Additionally, the Chief of Naval Operations should direct the Commander, Naval Material Command to take action to: (1) reduce the backlog of items awaiting repair parts at the rework facility in Norfolk; (2) improve the management of the Navy industrial fund stores inventories; and (3) assure that accurate repair cycle time is reported to item managers in the Aviation Supply Office and to the Naval Air Logistics Center. Further, the Chief of Naval Operations should check to see if similar problems exist at the other Naval Air Rework Facilities and Fleet Commands.

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