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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.

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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 appropriate commands to provide the oversight needed to ensure that the validation role assigned to the supply offices is actually carried out.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
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.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
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.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
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.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
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.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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