MICC to improve customer-focused contract support
July 30, 2014
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (July 30, 2014) -- The Mission and Installation Contracting Command officials are in the final phases of realigning some of its resources from contracting offices across the country and Puerto Rico to the 412th Contracting Support Brigade here to improve contract oversight and command support functions to the U.S. Army Reserve Command and office of the chief of the Army Reserve.
The consolidation allows for better and more efficient acquisition planning, coordination, and execution for USAR requirements.
Originally, the 63rd Regional Support Command at Moffett Field, California; the 88th RSC at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; and the 81st RSC at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, were all separate agencies. MICC leaders have decided to consolidate contracting support at three RSCs and along with Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, USARC, and OCAR headquarters to fall under the 412th CSB.
The realignment also moves contracting support and oversight for MICC-Fort Belvoir, Virginia, to the 419th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and realigns MICC-Fort Jackson to report under the 412th CSB.
"By moving most of USARC's contracting support under the 412th, customer support and oversight is improved," said Col. Timothy Strange, commander of the 412th CSB. "Before the realignment, USARC was supported by six different organizations, which made it extremely difficult to provide oversight and consistency to the customer."
The realignment is being conducted in several phases, which began Oct. 1, 2013, and will be completed Oct. 1, 2014.
In October 2013, the transfer of mission command functions began. During this phase, MICC-Fort Belvoir transitioned its mission command reporting from the MICC headquarters to the 419th CSB, and MICC-Fort Jackson transitioned its mission command reporting from the Field Directorate Office-Fort Eustis, Virginia, to the 412th CSB. The MICC-Fort Meade, Maryland, contracting office remained a subordinate, direct-reporting office to the MICC-Fort Belvoir regional office. This phase was completed in April.
Next, MICC-Fort Jackson transitioned its procurement functions based on the new organizational alignment. During this phase, MICC-Fort Jackson's procurement functions and related procurement oversight actions were transitioned from FDO-Eustis to the 412th CSB effective in June. The 419th CSB immediately assumed responsibility for procurement oversight of MICC-Fort Belvoir and its MICC-Fort Meade direct reporting office.
The last part of the realignment consists of the full transition of Reserve support to the 412th CSB, which is scheduled to be completed Oct. 1.
"In today's Army, we can shift our declining resources to provide better support and perform actions quicker, which increases our strength of oversight," Strange said.
The 412th CSB staff plans and executes contingency contracting support for designated Army service component commands in support of Army and joint operations worldwide.
The 412th CSB staff also provides pre-deployment operational contract support training to enable warfighters to accomplish their missions. The brigade trains, mobilizes, deploys, sustains, transforms, and reconstitutes contingency contracting forces, providing relevant and ready acquisition support and capability to service component commanders.