Air Force Management Engineering Program

Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1971-10-07.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)


               The Honorable
      !L       The Secretary          of Defense     <
                         Attention:      Assistant   Secretary     of Defense

               Dear Mr. Secretary:
                      We have completed our inquiry  into the,.-Air Force Management Engi-   3 ,r
          I    neering Program as outlined    in our letter  to you dated December 10, 1969,
               a?iiTidentified  by our code number 54021.

                      The Air Force established        the program to,scientifically            develop
               and maintain   guidelines      for allocating    military  and civilian          personnel
               to various functions      within   each command. Payroll         costs for       personnel
               subject fb%&agement        under the program were about $9 billion                for
               fiscal   year 1971.

                    The program objective    since 1967 has been to cover 89 percent of
               all manpower authorizations    with engineered standards.     The remaining
               11 percent are not considered     susceptible to measurement.    As of
               July 1, 1971:

                         --Engineered     standards     covered   only   36 percent    of the
                            measurable    authorizations.

                         --Estimated   standards, which are less precise than
                            engineered standards,  had been implemented for
                            35 percent of the measurable authorizations.

                         --No standards     had been implemented         for   the remaining
                            29 percent.

                       Air Force data have indicated         25 months, on the average, elapses
               between the start of manpower standard studies and the implementation
               of the resulting        standards.     As a result   of the fairly    limited     coverage
               by engineered standards and the length of time required                 to implement
               engineered standards,          we believe the program has not been responsive
               to the manpower management needs of Air Force Commanders and the guide-
               lines have not been used to achieve the intended control                  over the
               distribution      and utilization       of manpower.   Instead,    manpower ceilings
               and dollar     limitations      have been applied by the Air Force in determining
               on-board strengths         without  full assessment of operational         needs.

                                             SOTH ANNIVERSARY            1921- 1971
        We also observed that the Air Force reported            the success of the
Management Engineering         Program in terms of a comparison between total
program costs and savings through reduced personnel authorizations
resulting     from application      of the program.     The reported     total net
savings were about $69.2 million          for fiscal    year 1971. It appeared
that the reported      savings would have been considerably          less, if
actual reductions      in assigned personnel,        not reductions    in personnel
authorizations,     had been used as the basis for calculation.

      We plan no further    review or reporting    on the Air Force Management
Engineering    Program at this time.    However, we would appreciate     any
comments you may have on the above matters.          The Secretary of the Air
Force is being advised on the completion        of this assignment by a copy
of this letter.

                                             Sincerely   yours,