Improving Shipboard Supply Management in the Coast Guard.
LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST BETHESDA MD
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The development of supply management policy has historically been centralized at Coast Guard Headquarters but technical direction and execution have been decentralized. The three inventory control points receive technical direction from the Headquarters program or support managers responsible for electronics, general, naval, aviation, and aids-to-navigation materiel. Execution is decentralized on board the cutters where spares and repair parts for electronics, naval, and ordnance maintenance are separately stored and managed by their respective department heads. The shipboard supply officer manages only general supplies. While this style of supply management has served the Coast for many years, several factors indicate a need for a more structured, efficient and centrally directed approach. More expensive and complex spares and repair parts require earlier and more extensive planning for provisioning, procurement, and replenishment. Cutters spending longer periods away from home ports and more restrictive procurement rules lessen the use of local purchase as a main source of supply. Audit and inspection reports indicate systemic problems in allowance management, materiel accountability, and supply support effectiveness. The authors list 5 major recommendations.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies