Spare Parts:

Air Force Reports Progress and Problems in Obtaining Competition

NSIAD-90-75: Published: Feb 14, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 1990.

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GAO reviewed the progress and problems of Air Force competition advocate programs in obtaining competition on spare parts purchases.

GAO found that: (1) the Air Force obtained increased competition in spare parts procurement as a result of competition advocates' efforts to identify previously noncompetitive items as suitable for competition and to seek additional sources; (2) the Air Force spent 57 percent of its spare parts procurement funds noncompetitively, primarily because of limited engineering data; and (3) competition advocates did not address the reasons for unavailable data. GAO also found that: (1) most noncompetitive purchases were for high-dollar parts, which potentially offered the opportunity for increased competition; (2) materiel managers were not very involved with the advocates in obtaining competition; and (3) advocates needed better management information to assess program results.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The Air Force disagrees with the recommendation.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Air Force should direct the Competition Advocate General to develop, considering costs and benefits, procedures that supplement the current screening program and involve materiel managers in developing strategies for eliminating barriers to competition in their program area specialties, paying particular attention to high-dollar parts.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force

  2. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The Air Force disagrees with this recommendation.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Air Force should direct the Competition Advocate General to develop, considering costs and benefits, information to identify the competitive results of source development initiatives and screening actions taken by the competition advocates.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force

 

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