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New GAO Report on Deferring Facility Maintenance

New GAO Report on Deferring Facility Maintenance

New GAO Report on Deferring Facility Maintenance
Bill Kobren
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report of interest to the life cycle logistics community entitled “GAO-22-104481 Defense Infrastructure: DOD Should Better Manage Risks Posed by Deferred Facility Maintenance.”

According to the GAO, “…DOD has over 550,000 buildings and other facilities worldwide, with an estimated value of about $1.3 trillion. These facilities need ongoing maintenance to keep them in good working order—known as "facility sustainment." DOD's goal is to fund at least 90% of its facility sustainment needs annually. Facility sustainment funding didn't meet that goal in FYs 2017-2019 due to competing priorities. This contributed to DOD's deferred maintenance backlog, which was at least $137 billion in FY 2020. DOD could better manage the risk of its backlog by improving how it implements its new facility management system. We recommended doing this, and more.”

This new report should be of interest for a number of reasons, not the least of which is Facilities and Infrastructure is one of the 12 Integrated Product Support (IPS) Elements. Not surprisingly, Facilities and Infrastructure is, as life cycle logisticians know, is also one of the 12 Life Cycle Logistics Competency areas.