An Analysis of the O&M Project Programming Process
AIR FORCE DEVELOPMENT FIELD REPRESENTATIVE LANGLEY AFB VA
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Problem areas were identified in the OM project programming process by interviewing contract programmers actively involved in the OM arena at the base and MAJCOM level. The study resulted in identifying 18 primary problem areas based upon their unsolicited frequency of mention throughout the interview. The five most frequently mentioned problem areas are the regulations and guidance, work classifications, the minor construction statutory limit, computer support, and the complexity of OM project programming. The main conclusions inferred are the 200,000 minor construction statutory limit is inadequate to meet present day needs and requirements, project programming information and lessons learned are not flowing efficiently between the various units, frequent changes in project programming guidance add to the confusion and misunderstanding, and the quality and completeness of programming documents has decreased as more projects are approved at base level. Recommendations include publish a revised AFR 86-1 and AFM 86-2 as soon as possible, reduce the number of work classifications, raise the minor construction statutory limit, improve computer support at the bases celebrate programming conferences regularly, demand better written programming documents, and improve training.
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