1993 Air Force Budget:

Potential Reduction for C-17 Initial Spares

NSIAD-92-293: Published: Sep 18, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 1992.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reported on the status of initial provisioning of spare parts for the C-17 aircraft, focusing on the C-17 program's cost, schedule, and performance.

GAO found that: (1) the contractor has enough spares to support all operating C-17 aircraft for the program's first 2 years; (2) the Air Force has cancelled some initial spare parts orders, and has deobligated $35.2 million of its fiscal year (FY) 1990 appropriation, which it plans to use for other purposes; (3) additional funding for spares is not needed until FY 1994; and (4) although the Air Force already has FY 1992 funding for quick engine change kits, it would like to use FY 1993 initial spares funding for additional engine modules and kits, but it cannot quantify the needed number of items or establish their need date.

Matters for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Congress reduced the AF initial spares budget as recommended.

    Matter: Congress may wish to consider denying the Air Force's fiscal year 1993 aircraft procurement budget request for C-17 initial spares of $179.2 million.

  2. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The recission action was not taken and the funds have been reprogrammed.

    Matter: Congress may wish to consider rescinding $35.2 million in deobligated funds from cancelled C-17 spare parts orders. These funds were part of the fiscal year 1990 aircraft procurement appropriation.


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