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Initiatives to bring significant changes

Compiled by Neal R. MacCallum, Director of Business Services

       Significant and far-reaching changes in installation management doctrine and command and control will be the result of several ongoing initiatives at higher headquarters and Department of the Army (DA).

        These initiatives include:  

  • Transformation of Army Information Management. 

  • Consolidation of Army Contracting.  

  • U.S. Army Reserve consolidation of commandwide support functions and organizations. 

  • Transformation of Installation Management.

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       The transformation of Army Information Management will ensure consistent guidance and direction throughout the Army.  Implementation of the Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) concept will establish a single authority to operate and manage the Army's infostructure.  In addition, installation information management organizations ultimately may be transferred to the command and control of NETCOM. 

      The creation of the Army Contracting Agency (ACA) and its assumption of command and control of the Fort McCoy contracting office, which is anticipated to occur during fiscal year 2003, also will result in a tenant organization providing critical support to the garrison. 

      The transfer of command and control of Fort McCoy's Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) and Equal Employment Opportunity Office (EEOO) to the Headquarters, U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) May 22, 2002 changed support relationships within Fort McCoy significantly. 

      These initiatives will be implemented concurrently with the establishment of the Installation Management Agency (IMA) and its four continental United States (CONUS) regions, which are designed to provide command and control over the Army's installation structure.  Fort McCoy's realignment to the Northwest Region of the agency will sever command and control relationships with the USARC and the U.S. Army Forces Command.  These changes will be followed immediately by the data collection efforts associated with legislatively mandated base realignment and closure activities in 2005.

      All of these changes are beyond the control of Army installations, and the installation environment will require several years to stabilize.  All levels of the organization will probe the operating environment for what works and what does not, document changes in doctrine, develop relationships and agreements between organizations, and identify, document and stabilize resource streams.  This almost certainly will occur in the context of an increasing operational tempo, new mission assignments, and declining resources. 

      This article will address the topics of Transformation of Installation Management (TIM) and the USARC consolidation of the CPAC and EEOO functions.  A follow-on article in the Sept. 27 issue of the Triad will address the Transformation of Army Information Management and the consolidation of Army Contracting.


Transformation of Installation Management

      The objective of the TIM is to better support Army Readiness and Transformation efforts by providing consistency and predictability for soldiers, their families, and the civilian work force through implementation of Armywide standards for installation management and base support services; and by using base support and base operations funding more efficiently by building a corporate structure focused on installation management, directly funding and executing installation programs eliminating migration of funds, and achieving regional efficiencies.

      The intent is to create, by Oct. 1 one Army organization that manages and controls mission support and base support areas common to Army garrisons.

      Examples include engineering, housing, environment, safety, resource management, information management, logistics, military and civilian personnel, range operations, community and family services, base closure, law enforcement/force protection, and privatization.  Also included are garrison activities currently identified as staff activities, such as religious services, legal services, public affairs, internal review, inspections, Equal Employment Opportunity, and internal operations.  The projected scope of affected resources (FY04) is $8.7 billion and 74,000 personnel (appropriated fund and non-appropriated fund) based upon what is currently identified in installation management financial accounts. 

      The DA will establish the IMA as a Field Operating Agency (FOA) of the DA Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (ACSIM). A major general and senior executive service deputy will manage it.  The IMA will be a single hierarchical organization consisting of Headquarters, IMA (HQ IMA); seven regional offices (ROs); garrison commands at each active-component Army installation; and IM Army Reserve Office (IM-ARO).  They will perform as a unified Army staff to manage installations. 

      The following is a brief overview of the purpose of each element:

      HQ IMA:  The HQ IMA will be located at DA Headquarters.  The agency will accomplish integrated program execution of installation management related policies, plans, and programs as developed and promulgated by the Army staff.  It will direct and oversee regional program execution.  The primary HQ IMA functions are to:  fund the garrisons; disseminate planning, programming and budgeting guidance as prepared by the Army staff; develop operational plans & Armywide standards; seek Armywide installation management initiatives and standardize implementation of those initiatives.  The HQ IMA, in coordination with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Environment (ASA (I&E)), also provides liaison with Congress as needed, and serves as Executive Secretary for the Installation Management Board Of Directors (IMBOD).

      Regional Offices (ROs):  Seven geographically based offices, each managed by a senior executive service/general officer regional director, will report to the HQ IMA.  ROs will be located in Korea (KORO), Europe (EURO), Pacific (PARO), Northeast (NERO), Southeast (SERO), Northwest (NWRO), and Southwest (SWRO). 

      The ROs will implement, direct, and oversee program and policy execution.  ROs will support garrisons by enforcing Armywide standards and ensuring equity among installations, adopting best business practices, identifying and tracking performance metrics, optimizing use of technology, identifying and implementing regional efficiencies and partnerships, serving as an interface with major commands (MACOMs) and other services/agencies, and supporting the ASA  (I&E) in liaison with congressional delegations as needed.

      Garrison commands:  Each Army installation will have a garrison command reporting to its geographic RO.  The garrison command supports and enables mission commanders by providing the full range of installation- and base-support services to all local units, tenants and customers. 

      Garrison commands are responsible for local program execution, implementing and managing to Armywide standards, and maintaining real property.  The Army has upgraded its strategic mobility infrastructure to speed deployment.  This work must now be continued by maintaining those facilities, adapting them to changing requirements and linking units and all their support bases in order to provide continuous power projection.

      U.S. Army Installation Management - Army Reserve Office:  The Army Reserve will integrate within the new TIM structure through the creation of the IM-ARO.  The IM-ARO will operate within the ACSIM's HQ IMA FOA as a hybrid office, working at the level of the ACSIM's HQ IMA, as well as an equivalent to the IMA regional directorates, dependent upon function. 

      The IM-ARO will support Regional Support Commands (RSCs) and Army Reserve installations by enforcing Army Reserve-wide standards and ensuring equity among RSCs and Army Reserve installations, adopting best business practices, identifying and tracking performance metrics, optimizing use of technology; identifying and implementing regional efficiencies and partnerships, interfacing with MACOMs and other services/agencies and supporting the ASA (I&E) in liaison with congressional delegations as needed.

      Army installation "ownership" for all installations will transfer from functional MACOMs to the IMA effective Oct. 1.  All installation management accountability and reporting will be through the IMA regions.  Regional directors will be rated by the HQ IMA director and senior-rated by the ACSIM.  Garrisons work for the region headquarters and, therefore, garrison commanders will be rated by regional directors, and senior-rated by the senior mission commander on the installation.  This rating scheme will link senior mission commanders to the base support process and ensure mission support needs are met.  Strategic direction from MACOMs and senior leadership will be provided through the IMBOD.


Army Reserve CPAC, EEOO

      HQ USARC directed the transfer of command and control of the Fort McCoy CPAC and EEOO from Fort McCoy to HQ, USARC May 22.  The offices were subsequently renamed the Army Reserve CPAC and the Army Reserve EEOO.

      Changes for EEOO were almost immediate since it was organizationally separate as a special staff office under the Command Group, Fort McCoy.  Fort McCoy and the CPAC acted expeditiously to separate Civilian Personnel, Housing and Morale, Welfare and Recreation functions imbedded in the Directorate of Human Resources and Community Services.  Final separation occurred on July 1 with the creation of the Directorate of Community Activities.

      Both the CPAC and EEOO remain on Fort McCoy as tenant activities. They provide civilian personnel and equal employment opportunity services to Fort McCoy in accordance with the Fort McCoy Standard Levels of Support Catalog of Services, dated January 2002.  Fort McCoy provides base operations support to the two organizations in accordance with the same document.

      The Director, CPAC and the EEO Officer are rated by the Chief Executive Officer, USARC and senior rated by the Commanding General, USARC.

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