Air Force Contracting:

Contracting for Maintenance of Training Aircraft at Columbus Air Force Base

NSIAD-88-136BR: Published: Apr 6, 1988. Publicly Released: May 6, 1988.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Air Force's decision to award a contract for maintenance of training aircraft at one of its bases, focusing on the Air Force's comparison of contractor costs with in-house costs.

GAO found that the Air Force: (1) complied with Office of Management and Budget and Air Force guidance in conducting its cost comparison; (2) used valid cost estimates in the cost comparison; (3) correctly omitted social security and thrift plan costs in the comparison; (4) estimated that contracting aircraft maintenance would decrease annual base spending by about $1.4 million and would eliminate nine off-base jobs; and (5) determined that, since the available supply of skilled maintenance personnel exceeded wartime needs, a civilian or private contractor work force would have no impact on its maintenance capabilities.

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