Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the growth of the Army Aviation Systems Command's (AVSCOM) inventories beyond military requirements, focusing on: (1) causes for excessive stock increases; and (2) actions needed to limit inventory growth without affecting military capabilities.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of the Army||1. The Secretary of the Army should direct the Commander, Army Materiel Command (AMC), to establish a systematic approach to aggressively cancelling or reducing planned procurements when items are not needed to meet current requirements. This approach should also include a documentation trail to enable managers to evaluate the economic trade-offs involved in cancelling or reducing planned procurements and taking delivery of unneeded items.|
|Department of the Army||2. The Secretary of the Army should direct the Commander, AMC, to dispose of items that are not needed to support end items being phased out of the Army's inventory.|
|Department of the Army||3. The Secretary of the Army should direct the Commander, AMC, to reemphasize to item managers the need to be more responsive to changes in forecasted demands and to update and correct the database that computes requirements.|
|Department of the Army||4. The Secretary of the Army should direct the Commander, AMC, to report, as part of the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA) process, the actions being taken to address the database problems and to cancel or reduce unneeded procurements.|