DoD Still Swamped by Excess Parts

April 3, 2013

For almost a quarter-century, the Government Accountability Office has said the military’s management of equipment and parts stockpiles is one of the government programs most vulnerable to waste, fraud and mismanagement.

The Defense Department had stockpiled $9.2 billion worth of excess parts and other supplies, with another half-billion dollars of unneeded inventory on order, as of September 2011, the most recent available figures from GAO.

While this year’s update to the high-risk list credited the Pentagon with “moderate progress” in addressing supply chain weaknesses, it also said DoD officials still have trouble keeping track of what they have in stock, forecasting future demand and showing they can sustain progress in cleaning up problems.

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