Charting the Course for a New Air Force Inspection System
RAND PROJECT AIR FORCE SANTA MONICA CA
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Air Force senior leadership relies on inspections, assessments, and evaluations to advise it on the efficiency, effectiveness, readiness, and level of compliance of Air Force activities. Conducted by several different organizations within the Air Force, these oversight tasks have grown dramatically over time, despite repeated efforts to limit the burden they place on individual Air Force units. Although Office of the Inspector General of the Air Force SAFIG inspections constitute only about one-fourth of this burden, SAFIG has the responsibility to set inspection policy and oversee the inspection and evaluation systems for the Air Force as a whole. In 2010, SAFIG began an aggressive effort to improve inspection policy by reducing the burden it places on inspected units and increasing the quality of relevant information it generates for the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force and for commanders throughout the Air Force. At SAFIG s request, in late 2010, RAND Project AIR FORCE PAF joined this effort. The RAND Corporation conducted analyses related to five major inspection system goals that SAFIG and its Inspection System Improvement Tiger Team ISITT were pursuing.
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