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GAO reviewed an Army procurement for design and development of a reverse osmosis water purification unit.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of the Army 1. The Secretary of the Army should direct procurement officials to take the action necessary to ensure that the planned expanded first-article testing is carried out and that the tests are carefully analyzed to ensure that all critical requirements are addressed.
Closed - Implemented
In September 1990, the Army authorized the contractor to begin full-scale production prior to completion of first article testing due to the urgent need of equipment for Operation Desert Storm. As part of a related assignment, GAO is recommending that this decision be considered since the need is no longer critical.

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