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PROCUREMENT TIME NAVY COMPLEX ITEMS.
LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST WASHINGTON D C
This study was to conduct a time-oriented procedures analysis of each step in the procurement process associated with complex items in the Naval Air Systems Command and the Naval Ship Systems Command--and the predecessor organizations of the Bureau of Weapons and the Bureau of Ships. The purpose was to appraise each step in the procurement process subsequent to a need having been established, with the objective of reducing time or cost with no decrease in effectiveness that is, with no reduction in the current level of good business practices and with no increase in personnel. A detailed examination was made of the activities in the span of time from the first efforts to draft a Procurement Request until a definitive contract is signed by the Government. The study concluded that existing laws and DoD regulations and policies, which were designed to assure good business practices in the expenditure of public funds, precludes elimination of major segments or activities and, therefore, significant reductions in time cannot be obtained easily. Specific recommendations are made on particular activities throughout the procurement process which, in the aggregate, could be expected to achieve a minimum of ten per cent reduction in the total processing time. Author