Spare Parts

Air Force Reports Progress and Problems in Obtaining Competition Gao ID: NSIAD-90-75 February 14, 1990

GAO reviewed the progress and problems of Air Force competition advocate programs in obtaining competition on spare parts purchases.

GAO found that: (1) the Air Force obtained increased competition in spare parts procurement as a result of competition advocates' efforts to identify previously noncompetitive items as suitable for competition and to seek additional sources; (2) the Air Force spent 57 percent of its spare parts procurement funds noncompetitively, primarily because of limited engineering data; and (3) competition advocates did not address the reasons for unavailable data. GAO also found that: (1) most noncompetitive purchases were for high-dollar parts, which potentially offered the opportunity for increased competition; (2) materiel managers were not very involved with the advocates in obtaining competition; and (3) advocates needed better management information to assess program results.


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