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March 08, 2013

Spotlight

Fort McCoy Civilian Personnel Advisory Center

(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series about tenant activities and missions at Fort McCoy.)

What is it?
The Fort McCoy Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) office, located in building 2187, provides human resource support to Department of the Army Civilians (DAC) and military technicians.

The Fort McCoy CPAC is assigned to the North Central Region Civilian Human Resource Agency (CHRA) located at Rock Island, Ill. CHRA is headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. The North Central Region is one of seven regions worldwide. CHRA reports to the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 (Personnel).
PHOTO: A Management Employee Relations adviser with the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, works on labor relations issues. Photo by Theresa Fitzgerald
Adam Mickelson, Management Employee Relations adviser with the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, works on labor relations issues.
(Photo by Theresa Fitzgerald)

The Fort McCoy CPAC employs 90 personnel on the installation and 50 employees at Rock Island. It is the largest CPAC office in the Army. The McCoy office provides service to 9,000 military technicians and 2,500 DACs, from the Fort McCoy garrison; Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif.; Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, Calif.; and the U.S. Army Reserve Command. Other supported customers include employees from the Media Publication Center at St. Louis, Military Entrance Processing Stations, Recruiting Battalions, the Medical Department Activity and First U.S. Army (181st Infantry Brigade and two units at Camp Atterbury, Ind.).

The geographic area for customers is the continental United States, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Saipan and Northern Mariana Islands.

Since the 1970s, some version of a Civilian Personnel Office (CPO) structure has been operational at the installation. CPO transformed to the CPAC structure in September 1998.

CPAC originally was aligned as a garrison organization, and, in 2001, began reporting directly to the U.S. Army Reserve Command and subsequently was moved under CHRA.

The McCoy CPAC has four divisions. The Staffing and Classification Division acts as an adviser to managers and prepares vacancy announcements, accepts resumes, rates resumes and issues referral lists to supervising managers that have staff vacancies. When a selection is made, the division contacts the selected applicant, makes a job offer and generates an action for the applicant to become a government employee.

The Labor/Management Employee Relations (L/MER) Division advises managers and employees dealing with performance or conduct issues within the workplace (i.e. complaints grievances, appraisals, and disciplinary actions). L/MER also administers the Office of Workers Compensation Program (OWCP). OWCP specialists provide information and advice to employees and management about work-related injuries and claim filing. The program strongly advocates employees returning to work. L/MER promotes re-training programs to help employees get back into the work force, in a position which meets any limitations. L/MER also has retirement service personnel on staff to provide assistance and conduct pre-retirement seminars. Additionally, L/MER administers the Leave Transfer and Unemployment Compensation program.

The Training Division primarily trains the CPAC staff, making sure they have the training to do their job. Rules, regulations and systems are changing constantly. The division also prepares and publishes the CPAC Star newsletter.

The Nonappropriated Fund Division services the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation employees on Fort McCoy, Fort Hunter Liggett, Parks Reserve Forces Training Area and Rock Island. The division supports 491 employees.

What have they done?
CPAC worked with garrison management for employee transition through several A-76 Commercial Activities Studies and Base Realignment and Closure actions over the last several years. They were responsible for personnel support of the transition of the Army Reserve personnel working with Army Reserve activities, the stand up of the 88th Regional Support Command and the move of the Army Reserve Readiness Training Center to Fort Knox, Ky.

From July 2011 to June 2012, OWPC handled 747 claims with compensation costs of nearly $3.92 million and medical costs of $1.54 million. Since 2009, more than $24.6 million in cost savings/avoidance was accomplished.

What do they have planned?
CPAC will continue to focus on presidential initiatives to make management more efficient and reduce the hiring process to an 80-day turn-around time.

Why are they important?
CPAC recruits, develops, and supports the Army’s civilian work force in a competent, efficient, and effective manner. The Fort McCoy CPAC has been recognized as a well-run organization, and its employees recognized for their skills, customer service, knowledge, and expertise.

Resources:
For more information about the Fort McCoy CPAC, call 608-388-CPAC (2722). Information also is available at the website http://acpol.army.mil/.

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