The Army's five maintenance depots produced work valued at $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2002, with the remaining 49 percent of the Army's depot work performed by contractors. GAO was asked to assess (1) the trends in and the reliability of depot workload projections; (2) whether workloads are sufficient for efficient depot operations, initiatives are under way to improve efficiency, and additional workloads are possible; (3) whether the Army has identified depots' core capability and provided workload to support that capability; and (4) whether the Army has a long-range plan for a viable, efficient depot system.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. To improve the reliability of future maintenance workload projections in all DOD maintenance depots, the Secretary of Defense through the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, Logistics, should require the Army Materiel Command in conjunction with the Army acquisition community to develop and implement standard business rules and procedures for identifying and reporting Army depot workload projections from the Army acquisition community.|
|Department of Defense||2. To improve the reliability of future maintenance workload projections in all DOD maintenance depots, the Secretary of Defense through the Under Secretary of Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, should require the DOD depot maintenance community to develop and implement ways to improve the identification and reporting of depot inter-service workload projections across all the military services using standard business rules and procedures.|