Full Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.2 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback69 pages $25.00 $20.00 20% Web Discount

This annotated briefing examines the incentives of participants in the Air Force's sourcing process (encompassing both A-76 competitions and direct conversions). The goal of this research is to suggest how process participants can best be induced to start and complete cost-effective sourcing studies that will help the Air Force realize its goal of reducing the cost of support activities without inappropriately reducing military capability or quality of life. Personnel at the Air Staff, major commands, and installations play important roles in identifying activities to be studied and conducting sourcing studies. Although the Air Staff has strong fiscal incentives to start and complete sourcing studies, it relies on command and installation personnel actually to carry out sourcing activities. Major command leadership, due to informational asymmetries, is largely dependent on its functional and installation personnel to identify prospective studies and complete them successfully. Unfortunately, functional and installation personnel have strong incentives to work against sourcing studies, and installation commanders' tenures are often too short to affect the process adequately. The Air Staff has passed down operations and maintenance budget cuts to the major commands, providing them with fiscal incentives to perform sourcing studies as well as pursue other cost-saving activities. However, the Air Staff faces a difficult challenge associated with appropriate allocation of budget cuts, and these cuts do not address the challenges that major commands face in motivating their functional and installation personnel.

Research conducted by

This report is part of the RAND Corporation documented briefing series. RAND documented briefings are based on research presented to a client, sponsor, or targeted audience in briefing format. Additional information is provided in the documented briefing in the form of the written narration accompanying the briefing charts. All RAND documented briefings undergo rigorous peer review to ensure that they meet high standards for research quality and objectivity. However, they are not expected to be comprehensive and may present preliminary findings. Major research findings are published in the monograph series; supporting or preliminary research is published in the technical report series.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.