Army Maintenance:

Clearer Guidance Needed to Ensure Programs Reflect Current Requirements

NSIAD-90-229: Published: Aug 13, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1990.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's process for determining depot maintenance requirements, specifically at the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command (TACOM) and the U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command (AVSCOM).

GAO found that: (1) TACOM and AVSCOM lacked effective controls to ensure that repair programs established at Army depots were based on current requirements data; (2) TACOM and AVSCOM established some depot repair programs using outdated data; (3) in some cases, TACOM and AVSCOM repaired more items than were needed to satisfy current requirements; and (4) the Army Audit Agency reported that some maintenance programs had been established unnecessarily and that assets that exceeded requirements had been generated.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: A new regulation, "Depot Maintenance Memorandum of Agreement," was issued on August 21, 1991. It contained a schedule to ensure all actions to produce fully coordinated depot maintenance memorandums of agreement are accomplished before the start of the fiscal year. GAO plans to review last year's requirements for depot programs to see if they have been based on the latest data in the regulation.

    Recommendation: The Commanding General, U.S. Army Material Command (AMC), should clarify existing guidance to specifically require the major subordinate commands to base requirements for depot maintenance programs on the latest information available at the time memorandums of agreement are prepared.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army: U.S. Army Materiel Command


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