Defense Procurement

Work Measurement Programs at Selected Contractor Locations Gao ID: NSIAD-88-43BR November 4, 1987

In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense (DOD) Work Measurement Program to determine whether: (1) contractors were complying with program requirements; (2) the program improved contractors' labor performance; and (3) contractors used the program results to estimate or negotiate labor hours for contract pricing.

GAO found that: (1) the four contractors it reviewed did not fully comply with work measurement program requirements; (2) because of ambiguities in the military standard and guidance for implementing the program, contractors reported higher labor productivity than actually occurred; (3) three contractors did not use work measurement data for contract pricing purposes; (4) one contractor did use the data and proposed lower contract costs as a result; and (5) although the program is intended to apply to all the armed services, only the Air Force has implemented it.


Our recommendations from this work are listed below with a Contact for more information. Status will change from "In process" to "Open," "Closed - implemented," or "Closed - not implemented" based on our follow up work.

Director: Team: Phone:

The Justia Government Accountability Office site republishes public reports retrieved from the U.S. GAO These reports should not be considered official, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Justia.