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New DoD IG Audit of Depot-Level Reparables

New DoD IG Audit of Depot-Level Reparables

New DoD IG Audit of Depot-Level Reparables
Bill Kobren

The Department of Defense Inspector General recently released a new “Audit of Depot‑Level Reparables for Army, Navy, and Air Force Engines (DODIG-2021-134)” of potential interest to the life cycle logistics workforce and DoD Product Support Managers.

According to the IG, “the objective of this audit was to determine whether the Military Departments managed selected depot‑level reparables (DLRs), specifically engines, to meet DoD requirements to maintain authorized stock levels and meet program readiness levels. A DLR is an item of supply that is designated for repair at a depot, or an item that is designated for repair below the depot level but cannot be repaired at that level.”

The IG found that “…the Army, Navy, and Air Force did not consistently meet their stocking requirements for the nine engines in our sample” and “…in addition, the three organic depots and one contractor depot that repaired the nine selected engines and engine modules did not consistently meet the Military Department’s repair metrics for depot performance; however, the delay in repairing the nine selected engines and engine modules did not negatively impact readiness. Although the Military Departments did not consistently meet their stocking requirements and the depots did not consistently meet the repair metrics for depot performance, the engine impact to weapon system readiness was either insignificant or the Military Departments were taking action to correct the problems.”

The DoD Inspector General also indicated that they “…are not making any recommendations because although supply levels for selected engines did not always meet required stock levels, and the depots did not always meet their production goals for the period reviewed, the Military Departments had processes in place to identify and correct potential problems. Despite the number of challenges identified in this report, the availability of engines and engine modules did not negatively impact readiness. In addition, the Government Accountability Office made recommendations to the Military Departments addressing both the degraded state of DoD facilities and depot workforce challenges."