A new General Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the Army cannot ensure that the quality of data produced by the Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) is sufficient to enable its depots to perform daily missions when the LMP becomes operational.  This finding is based on a review, requested by Congress, of the Army’s efforts to deploy LMP for the period May 2009 to March 2010.  The LMP is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that the Army initiated in 1998 to replace two systems to manage depot inventory and repair operations.  According to GAO, the Army has obligated more than $1 billion so far to implement LMP and expects the life-cycle cost of system procurement and operations to reach $2.6 billion.  GAO stated that the Army had implemented many of its earlier recommendations for process management and control improvements as it has moved to implement LMP.  However, these improvements notwithstanding, GAO found that deployment sites “still faced challenges related to data quality and training.”  Specifically, GAO criticized the Army’s lack of a comprehensive set of performance metrics.  This deficiency, GAO argued, will prevent the Army from measuring LMP functionality achievement at depots during the third phase of deployment.  To better prepare for the third deployment, GAO recommended that the Army:  1) improve testing activities to measure LMP effectiveness; 2) improve LMP training at the deployment sites coinciding with the deployment timelines; and 3) set performance metrics to assess whether use of LMP has achieved intended objectives.