Publicly Released: November 1, 2021
The objective of this evaluation was to determine whether the actions taken in response to recommendations made in the Trans-Africa Airlift Support Contract (TASC) report (DODIG-2018-116) resolved the underlying problems related to the U.S. Africa Command’s (USAFRICOM) training, USAFRICOM’s conduct of Services Requirements Review Boards (SRRB), and the U.S. Transportation Command’s (USTRANSCOM) policies and procedures for planning and executing service acquisitions for external requiring activities.
In 2018, the DoD Office of Inspector General conducted an audit of the TASC and found that USAFRICOM did not conduct an SRRB to develop, analyze, review, and validate the TASC requirements, as required by DoD Instruction 5000.74, “Defense Contract Acquisition,” prior to USTRANSCOM awarding the $900 million contract.
For this followup report, we evaluated the actions taken by USAFRICOM since the 2018 audit and determined that the USAFRICOM ACJ443 (Operational Contract Support Branch) developed and implemented a training program for personnel supporting the acquisition of services to ensure that requirements were reviewed, validated, and approved prior to award. In addition, the Commander of USAFRICOM implemented requirements to conduct SRRBs for each new task order under the TASC. Through our review and verification of training and SRRB documentation, we determined that USAFRICOM took actions that addressed and resolved the problem identified in the original audit report.
We evaluated the actions taken by USTRANSCOM and determined that the USTRANSCOM Commander developed and implemented formal policies and procedures for planning and conducting service acquisitions for requiring activities that are external to USTRANSCOM. USTRANSCOM also has checks in place to ensure compliance with its policies and procedures. Through our review and verification of the formal policies and procedures implemented by USTRANSCOM, we determined that these actions resulted in changes in operations at the combatant command level for the acquisition of services and have resolved the problems identified in the original audit report.