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As the Army moves toward implementation of a Single Stock Fund, some of the important decisions to be made involve the pricing and credit policies that will be adopted. In the spring of 1998, the Army established a Credit/Pricing Integrated Product Team to develop alternative policies and identify criteria for evaluating them. Five alternatives were evaluated, including one that has already been selected as the interim. The analysis utilized detailed data from across the Army to understand the effect of each alternative on the funds that the field would require to maintain equipment readiness and the resources that the working capital fund must have to remain solvent. The study concluded that the interim policy would be superior to the current policy in many respects, but it includes features that are likely to increase total Army procurement and repair costs. The alternative that included enhancements to the interim policy would likely avoid these shortcomings.
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In the spring of 1998, the Army established a Credit and PricingIntegrated Product Team (CPIPT) to recommend a price and creditpolicy for Single Stock Fund, an initiative to streamline the Army'sfinancial management system for spare parts. The team was composedof representatives from both the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff forthe Army (Logistics and Financial Management) and the Office of theSecretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller).The CPIPT developed several alternative price and credit policies.RAND Arroyo Center was asked to evaluate these policies under theaegis of the ongoing project Using Price and Credit Policies toFacilitate Process Improvement, sponsored by LTG John Coburn,Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics. This documented briefing presentsthe results of our analysis of the proposed price and credit policies. Itwas briefed to the GO/SES Level Maintenance (Worldwide) Conferenceon October 8, 1998.The research documented here is being conducted in the MilitaryLogistics Program of RAND's Arroyo Center, a federally fundedresearch and development center sponsored by the United StatesArmy. The Military Logistics Program is directed by John Dumond.Related logistics research is documented in other RAND publicationslisted in the bibliography. Army readers interested in RANDpublications listed there should contact RAND Distribution Services,310/451-7002 [voice], 310/452-6915 [fax], or e-mail at email@example.com.About the Author:
DANIEL A. RELLES (Ph.D., Statistics, 1968, Yale University) is a Senior Statistician in the Research Staff Management Department at RAND.
Paul Steinberg (Ph.D., English, University of California, Berkeley) is a Communications Analyst at RAND.
RICK A. EDEN (Ph.D., English, 1980, University of California, Los Angeles) is a Senior Policy Analyst and Associate Program Director in the Military Logistics Program, Arroyo Center at RAND.
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