Implementation of the Recommendations of Two Study Groups on Food Procurement

PSAD-78-40: Published: Jan 13, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1978.

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Within the Department of Defense (DOD), two study groups developed recommendations on food procurement. Several of these recommendations were reviewed relating to use of commercial specifications in lieu of military specifications, the system used for quality assurance inspections, and the procedures and methods used in contracting for food products.

DOD is acting on the recommendations concerning specifications by: conducting a trial procurement of selected beef items by using institutional specifications, reviewing the content and continued need of military specifications for food items, and establishing industry opinion whenever a new specification is proposed. The need for a trial procurement to test institutional specifications is questionable, and DOD's actions to review the continued need for military specifications are superficial. The military services appear to be doing all they can to retain military specifications for food. Some of the recommendations concerning inspection of food for the services have been implemented. Training has increased for new and experienced inspectors, including discussions of a code of conduct and ethical standards. Efforts are being made to reduce or replace military food inspectors. Strong centralized management is needed to: simplify contractual documents and solicitations, abandon daily buying, improve training of contract personnel in commodity buying, and improve monitoring the contractors' performances.

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