GAO reviewed the Air Force's Critical Item Program to determine whether it was: (1) identifying parts shortages that seriously impaired mission capability; (2) quickly restoring supplies of mission-essential parts; and (3) identifying underlying causes of shortages to prevent recurrences.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of the Air Force||1. The Secretary of the Air Force should direct that steps be taken to increase the Critical Item Program's priority and visibility.|
|Department of the Air Force||2. The Secretary of the Air Force should ensure that ALC uniformly adhere to program entry criteria.|
|Department of the Air Force||3. The Secretary of the Air Force should enforce the ALC management review standards that provide direction and support to operating personnel responsible for timely remedial actions, and require complete documentation of directions given, actions taken, and results achieved.|
|Department of the Air Force||4. The Secretary of the Air Force should clearly state in AFM 67-1 that identification and elimination of underlying causes of critical item shortages is a program objective and prescribe procedures and responsibilities for achieving this objective.|
|Department of the Air Force||5. The Secretary of the Air Force should develop the means of measuring program effectiveness and require AFLC and Air Force Headquarters to continuously assess program management's effectiveness.|