The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendation to establish fleet readiness centers was expected to yield more savings than any other of the 2005 BRAC recommendations. To achieve these savings the Navy plans to integrate civilian depot personnel to complete some repairs at intermediate maintenance departments to reduce aviation maintenance costs. This report, prepared under the Comptroller General authority to conduct evaluations on his own initiative, is one in a series of reports related to the 2005 BRAC recommendations. GAO's objectives were to (1) analyze the reasons for changes in costs and savings estimates since the recommendation was approved, and (2) identify challenges in implementing this BRAC recommendation. GAO analyzed Navy and BRAC Commission costs and savings estimates and interviewed officials at the Naval Air Systems Command and at three fleet readiness centers.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. To improve the reporting of savings projected from BRAC 2005 recommendations, the Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Navy to update the business plan for the fleet readiness centers (1) to reflect only savings that are directly related to implementing the recommendation, and (2) update projected onetime savings when data are available.|
|Department of Defense||2. To improve the reporting of savings projected from BRAC 2005 recommendations, the Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Navy to monitor implementation of the recommendation to determine the extent that savings already taken from the Navy budget are actually achieved.|