Accession Number : ADA315219

Title :   Army Depot Maintenance: Privatization without Further Downsizing Increases Costly Excess Capacity.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA315219

Report Date : 18 SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : The General Accounting Office (GAO) was asked to review the Army's plans to reallocate depot maintenance workloads from depots recommended for closure or realignment by the 1995 Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission. Specifically, GAO reviewed the Army's plans to consolidate workloads at remaining Department of Defense (DOD) depots and emerging plans to privatize workloads in place or at other private sector facilities to determine the (1) impact on excess depot capacity and operating costs at the remaining defense depots, (2) cost effectiveness of planned privatization options, and (3) compliance with statutory requirements. The Army spends about $1.3 billion annually on depot maintenance work that includes the repair, overhaul, modification, and upgrading of aircraft, tracked and wheeled combat vehicles, and electronic items. It also includes limited manufacture of parts, technical support, testing, and software maintenance. This work generally requires extensive shop facilities, specialized equipment, and skilled technical and engineering personnel. Depot maintenance work is generally performed by government employees in government-owned and operated depots and by private sector employees in government-owned or contractor-owned facilities.

Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, *ARMY FACILITIES, *PROBLEM SOLVING, *SUPPLY DEPOTS, *MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT, *WORKLOAD, *CONTRACT PROPOSALS, *COST OVERRUNS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, ELECTRONICS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, AIRCRAFT, COST EFFECTIVENESS, ARMY PERSONNEL, CAPACITY(QUANTITY), COSTS, MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL, TECHNICIANS, REPAIR, GROUND VEHICLES, COMBAT VEHICLES, CIVILIAN PERSONNEL, TRACKED VEHICLES, SHOPS(WORK AREAS), GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, MILITARY DOWNSIZING.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Defense Systems

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