The Air Force Equipment Management System Still Does Not Assure Control of Nonexpendable Equipment

Gao ID: NSIAD-83-20 July 28, 1983

GAO reviewed how the Air Force Equipment Management System (AFEMS) accounts for nonexpendable equipment valued at over $15 billion.

Substantial amounts of proposed equipment purchases in the Air Force budget depend on AFEMS accuracy. To determine net requirements for its budget, the Air Force identifies gross requirements and subtracts equipment on hand. However, problems in accounting for that equipment hinder the Air Force's ability to accurately compute quantities of equipment to include in its budget. GAO concluded that, although the Air Force modernized AFEMS and tried to establish inventory baseline data for all assets, system weaknesses still limit assurances that requirements are based on accurate and complete information. Based on its review, GAO suggested that the Air Force may need to reconcile data and establish baselines for one equipment category at a time.


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