Accession Number : ADA134967

Title :   Value Engineering Should Be Improved as Part of the Defense Department's Approach to Reducing Acquisition Cost.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT DIV

PDF Url : ADA134967

Report Date : 27 Sep 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : Value engineering, a technique for reducing cost and improving productivity, has been used by Defense for 20 years. Recently, the Department has stressed this technique to reduce weapon systems acquisition costs under defense contracts. Although increased savings have been reported, Defense was still more than $300 million short of its fiscal 1982 savings goal. Navy lagged behind the other services. GAO believes that value engineering should be integrated into Defense's overall approach to reducing costs and improving productivity. GAO also believes that value engineering savings will increase if Defense (1) provides high level support and visibility, (2) recognizes value engineering achievements, (3) increases contractor awareness, and (4) better manages the Navy program. DOD agreed with GAO's conclusions and said it would improve its value engineering program. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Value engineering, *Government procurement, *Cost effectiveness, *Contract administration, Contracts, Weapon systems, Acquisition, Planning programming budgeting, Financial management, Costs, Reduction, Productivity, Department of Defense, Planning, Approach, Savings, Management, Naval operations, Low costs

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE