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Work Overload


July 19, 2011—In a November 2007 memorandum, the Air Force predicted that the workload in its three air logistics centers would decrease by two million hours through 2010 thanks to improvements in operational performance and expected aircraft retirements. A year later, officials announced plans to reduce the total ALC workforce because depot maintenance had not increased due to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

However, workload requirements actually increased by 2.1 million hours from 2007 through 2010. Factors driving the increase included additional depot maintenance work on aircraft that the Air Force did not retire as planned and inductions for aircraft and engines exceeding forecasts. For example, the Air Force inducted 691 aircraft in Fiscal 2009 for depot maintenance work, compared to the 596 for which it had planned, a 16-percent increase. Most of the workload increase over the four-year span occurred in Fiscal 2009.

As a result, the Air Force had a carryover of nearly $1.9 billion at the end of Fiscal 2010—nearly seven months of depot maintenance work that the service had ordered and funded, but not yet completed when the fiscal year ended. That carryover was up $800 million from Fiscal 2007.

Source: "Air Force Working Capital Fund: Budgeting and Management of Carryover Work and Funding Could Be Improved," a General Accountability Office report, July 2011. (Document)