July 11, 2020, 13:28

    Struggling to Stay Afloat: 21 of 24 Ships at Navy Shipyard Failed to Meet Repair Schedule

    Struggling to Stay Afloat: 21 of 24 Ships at Navy Shipyard Failed to Meet Repair Schedule

    The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) watchdog has recommended the US Navy conduct its own analysis of its contracting approach after it was recently determined that ship maintenance schedule outcomes were less than positive and led to unexpected delays.

    Despite the Navy shaving down initial price estimates for ship repairs through the implementation of its Multiple Award Contract-Multi Order (MAC-MO) contracting strategy in 2015, the US Navy has observed a number of setbacks from the pilot program, according to a 61-page report released by the GAO on May 11.

    The GAO highlighted that while the Navy was planning to test a solution to these issues via a pilot program, it does not appear that it has the intention to assess that program’s impact on the service.

    The report was centered on the performance of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (RMC) in Norfolk, Virginia; the Southeast RMC in Mayport, Florida; and the Southwest RMC in San Diego, California.

    Government Accountability OfficeGAO schedule performance results across three Navy Regional Maintenance Centers

    Within this same period, Mayport’s RMC completed six out of 10 scheduled repairs on time, and the RMC in San Diego was able to finish three ship repairs out of seven on time.

    The audit institution recommended acting Secretary of the Navy James E. McPherson “establish an analysis plan for the evaluation of the pilot program” and stated that the service “concurred with GAO’s recommendation.”

    “During this period, 21 of 41 ship maintenance periods, called availabilities, for major repair work cost less than initially estimated, and average cost growth across the 41 availabilities was 5 percent,” the GAO explained.

    Sourse: sputniknews.com

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