Better Methods Needed For Canceling Orders For Materiel No Longer Required
United States Government Accountability Office Washington United States
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In 1967 GAO reported to the Congress that outstanding Air Force orders for materiel worth 471 million could be reduced by about 103 million if the Air Force more promptly identified and canceled unfilled orders for materiel no longer required. At about the same time, the Department of Defense DOD established a uniform policy and standardized procedures for the military services to follow in verifying the continuing need for materiel on old, unfilled orders. The Air Force, with DODs approval, established its own policy and procedures which provided for more frequent validation of unfilled materiel orders. As of September 30, 1972, inventory control points of the military services had approximately 390,000 old, outstanding orders for materiel valued at about 1.8 billion. About 75 percent of these orders were over 90 days old, and 30 percent were more than 180 days old.
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