Accession Number : ADA139378

Title :   Air Force Progress in Implementing the Phase IV Base Level Computer Replacement Program.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY DIV

PDF Url : ADA139378

Report Date : 18 Jan 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : The Air Force had designed a program--called Phase IV--to replace computers at 118 air bases around the world by July 1985. Because of difficulties in converting the old software to run on the new computers and in demonstrating that the new computers can meet the bases' expected workload, the Air Force is 6 months behind schedule in implementing Phase IV at its first site. According to the Air Force, this delay will increase overall costs by about $6 million. However, the Air Force expects to recover from the delay by March 1985. Although every effort should be made to stay on schedule and to avoid increased costs, GAO believes that overall quality should not be compromised. The converted software and computers must be thoroughly tested before being implemented at other bases. According to the Air Force, a 1980 redirection of Phase IV has produced significant savings. The Air Force estimates that, as a result of Phase IV and refinements made incident to the Phase IV redirection, total acquisition and operation savings over the next 20 years will be $1.8 billion. By following through with commitments made to the House Committee on Government Operations in 1980, the Air Force can realize additional savings. The Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management) is acting on issues raised in this report. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Computers, *Replacement, *Air Force facilities, Acquisition, Computer programs, User needs, Scheduling, Cost estimates, Air Force procurement, Air Force operations

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Hardware
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE