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Installation Planning Board

What is it?  
The Installation Planning Board (IPB) will serve as the platform for identifying and providing a common operating picture of installation capabilities and tenant requirements.  Implementing a standard IPB approach across installations institutionalizes a mechanism for enhanced communication and decision making at the installation, as well as providing a template for prioritizing local requirements, gauging impact on readiness, and highlighting issues for elevation to Army senior leaders.  IPB results will be used to establish initiatives for the installation’s strategic plan.  The IPB exists to disseminate information and show integration of garrison functions, particularly as they relate to the senior commander and other installation tenants.  The IPB is not a decision making body, but receiving tenant feedback and concerns are vital functions.  The IPB is a forum where results and concerns are discussed and integrated.

What has the Army done?

IPB was initially chartered by Installation Management Command Network Call (Netcall) #10, Jun. 17, 2003, which designated IPB as a “key forum to obtain local consensus on the installation master plan, vision and priorities…from the senior leadership level of all installation stakeholder/tenant organizations.”   Revitalization and reorganization of the IPB is currently underway.  A new draft netcall and charter have been developed and staffed to the regions/garrisons for comment.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

Publish a standard charter (with local flexibility to append as needed), define a common “core” membership and sub working groups, develop a formal conduit for feedback to senior leader levels, develop business intelligence indicators to monitor installation performance and integrate IPB indicators with the Performance Management Review (PMR) program, and develop a common scorecard tool to provide a quick view of installation performance mapped to the IMCOM/Army strategy.

Why is this important to the Army?
Instituting IPBs at each garrison will demonstrate integration of the wide range of garrison programs and provide the senior commander and tenants with a common operating picture of installation resources and management.  Garrison commanders will also be able to receive feedback regarding these programs.  By informing and gaining buy-in from our stakeholders, IPB will enable better decision making at the installation for Army mission accomplishment.  Roll-up of actions at the garrison IPBs through the regions and the headquarters of IMCOM will inform the operational and strategic level of the enterprise performance architecture.