The air force last week admitted to paying approximately $10,000 per unit to replace three toilet seat covers on a Vietnam-era cargo plan that is still being used, a report said.
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The air force last week admitted to paying approximately $10,000 per piece to replace the toilet seat covers on a Vietnam-era cargo plan that is still being used, The Washington Post reported.
The toilet seat covers on the C-5 Galaxy is no longer in production, so the government is necessary to the purchase of custom ones, the report said. The government bought the covers three times and as recently as last year, the report said.
“We are not now, nor will we in the future buy that aircraft at that price, because we can now cheaply using 3-D printing,” a spokesman told the newspaper. “With this new process makes it possible for us to make parts that are no longer in production and is driving a significant cost savings.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, pushed for an investigation into the expenditure, ABC News reported. The call came after an interview with Roper, the deputy secretary-general of the air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, and DefenseOne.
Grassely said government waste is not a new one. During the President George H. W. Bush, monitoring efforts discovered soap dishes that cost $117 and the pair of pliers that cost almost $1,000.
Roper told the website in May, “You’ll think, ‘There is no way that will cost you, No, not that, but you ask a company to produce it and they are [busy] – the production of something else.”
Military.com reported that Roper was making the case for 3D printing in the air force.
The air force said it will now rely on the 3-D printing, which lower the price tag of $300.
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