Allegations of Improper Procedures and Waste in Air Force Flight Simulator Operation and Maintenance Contracts

PSAD-80-48: Published: Apr 30, 1980. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1980.

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A review was made of alleged improper procedures and waste in flight simulator operation and maintenance at the Air Force Human Resources Laboratory. The Laboratory is operated under sole-source, non-personal services engineering maintenance contracts. Shortly after initiating its work, GAO learned that an Air Force review of the same allegations had been completed. The review was therefore limited to an analysis of the Air Force report and information obtained during two visits to the Laboratory.

The Air Force report adequately addressed all the allegations except one. The report concluded that, although the technical data package for one contract was adequate for competitive bidding, the packages for two of the contracts were not. The Air Force did not address the question of whether the Laboratory should take steps to improve the technical data packages for the two non-competitive efforts. Although the Laboratory synopsized future years' expected requirements in Commerce Business Daily with the intent of promoting competition by informing potential sources of the planned procurements, GAO questioned whether competition could be obtained on the two non-competitive efforts in view of the lack of adequate technical data.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: It was recommended that an independent cost effectiveness study be required to determine whether the Laboratory should improve the technical data to the level needed to obtain competition for the maintenance contracts. The study should also consider the cost effectiveness of using one contract, rather than three separate contracts, for simulator maintenance.

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