GAO reviewed the Air Force equipment management system to determine whether the Air Force's authorization process ensures that: (1) individual units are efficiently equipped; and (2) requirements used in the service's budget and procurement program are valid.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of the Air Force||1. The Secretary of the Air Force should direct the appropriate commands to provide the oversight needed to ensure that the validation role assigned to the supply offices is actually carried out.|
|Department of the Air Force||2. The Secretary of the Air Force should direct the appropriate commands to provide the training, expertise, and technical data that base supply offices need to validate equipment authorization requests.|
|Department of the Air Force||3. The Secretary of the Air Force should direct the appropriate commands to consider modifying the computer-edit capability to detect authorizations based on inappropriate allowance tables.|
|Department of the Air Force||4. The Secretary of the Air Force should direct the major commands to increase onsite monitoring of equipment authorizations. Alternative means of increasing monitoring include surveys conducted by existing command management teams or designating the validation of authorizations as an item to be covered during other types of surveys, such as those conducted by the Air Force Audit Agency and the Inspector General offices.|
|Department of the Air Force||5. The Secretary of the Air Force should direct the major commands to ensure that base supply offices promptly revise equipment authorizations when allowances change and that the Air Force Logistics Command receives the feedback needed to keep allowances current.|