Afghan National Army: DOD Has Taken Steps to Remedy Poor Management of Vehicle Maintenance Program
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Arlington United States
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Establishing an effective Afghan vehicle maintenance capacity comprised of a mix of organic capacity and contracted logistic support is critical if the Afghan National Army ANA is to have a fully operational fleet of vehicles to provide the mobility and protection needed to support its fight against the insurgency. Without such a capability, the ANA will be at a severe disadvantage in waging its counterinsurgency operations.In December 2010, the Department of Defense DOD awarded a 5-year, firm-fixed-price contract, called the ANA Afghanistan Technical Equipment Maintenance Program A-TEMP, to Afghanistan Integrated Support Services JV AISS to develop the ANAs capacity to maintain its growing fleet of more than 26,000 vehicles at a projected cost of nearly 182 million, not including the cost of supply chain management or spare parts. After 68 modifications, the total obligated amount was increased to 423 million, and the end of the period of performance was extended from December 30, 2015, to June 28, 2017. According to DOD, both the obligations and period of performance are likely to increase further. The objectives of this audit were to assess the extent to which 1 the current ANA A-TEMP contract and program were designed to promote the accurate assessment of Afghan vehicle maintenance needs, contractor performance, and cost containment 2 the U.S. government provided effective management and oversight of contractor performance and 3 the contract met its program objectives to develop a self-sufficient Afghan maintenance capacity through the performance of maintenance on the ANA vehicle fleet and the training of ANA maintenance personnel.