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GAO evaluated the reasonableness and accuracy of the Air Force's procedures and practices for establishing and managing special stock-level requirements for recoverable aircraft and missile spare parts.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of the Air Force 1. The Secretary of the Air Force should direct the Commander, AFLC, to program the Recoverable Consumption Item Requirements Computation System (D041) to automatically determine special stock level requirements at the time final requirements are computed.
Closed - Implemented
The Air Force programmed the D041 system to consider special levels when computing total organizational and intermediate base stock levels during the quarterly final computations.
Department of the Air Force 2. The Secretary of the Air Force should direct the Commander, AFLC, to establish procedures to provide for annual reconciliations of base stock requirements included in base stock records and those reflected on air logistics center records. As part of these reconciliations, causes of any discrepancies should be identified and eliminated.
Closed - Implemented
The Air Force developed computer software to implement this recommendation, but communication problems have thus far prevented its use. The Air Force expects to begin performing automated reconciliations as soon as communication problems are resolved.
Department of the Air Force 3. The Secretary of the Air Force should direct the Commander, AFLC, to direct the air logistics centers to either: (1) enter the adjusted base stock levels in the D143H system immediately after item manager approval; or (2) establish procedures to ensure that approved adjusted base stock levels are input to both base stock records and the D143H system within a reasonable time.
Closed - Implemented
The Air Force published directions to implement the recommendation in AF Manual 67-1.
Department of the Air Force 4. The Secretary of the Air Force should direct the Commander, AFLC, to direct air logistics centers to require detailed justification for adjusted stock level requests to support peak demand periods when it is determined that normally forecasted requirements should have been sufficient to satisfy actual usage. If it is determined that normally forecasted requirements are not sufficient to avoid stockouts during peak demand periods, the air logistics centers should be required to investigate the causes of the stockouts and consider the feasibility of redistributing available worldwide assets prior to authorizing special stock levels.
Closed - Implemented
AFLC was told to reemphasize and monitor the need to comply with the recommendation.

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