AIR FORCE DEPOT MAINTENANCE: Management Improvements Needed for Backlog of Funded Contract Maintenance Work
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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This report discusses the Defense Working Capital Fund fiscal year-end workload funding issue, generally referred to as carryover. The Air Force does not have reliable information on the dollar amount of carryover for its contract depot maintenance operation due to faulty assumptions used in calculating work-in-process and records not accurately reflecting work done at year-end. Until the problems are corrected, congressional and Defense decisionmakers will be forced to make key budget decisions, such as whether or not to enhance or reduce customer budgets, based on unreliable information. In addition, due to logistical and production problems, hundreds of millions of dollars of work was not done as planned and was carried over into the next fiscal year. These problems resulted in idle funds that could have been used for near-term readiness or other priorities. For the contract portion of this activity group to operate more effectively, managers at Air Force Materiel Command and the air logistics centers must be held accountable for 1 the accuracy and timeliness of the production and financial management information used for decision-making and 2 ensuring that the work is completed as planned. Until these weaknesses are resolved, concerns will continue to be raised about the amount of carryover related to the contract portion of this activity group.
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