REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--Expeditionary Contracting Command's Regional Contracting Office-Miami is being realigned under the Mission and Installation Contracting Command, the U.S. Army Contracting Command announced today.

The action will provide more efficient contracting support to the U.S. Southern Command, according to Col. Jeff Gabbert, ACC chief of staff. The ECC and the MICC are ACC subordinate commands.

The Regional Contracting Office-Miami, currently part of ECC's 410th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, will become the ACC Planning Cell-Miami, under the MICC's Mission Contracting Office, Fort Sam Houston.

RCO-Miami, led by Veronica Wilson, office chief, is comprised of five civil service employees and five Soldiers.

According to Gabbert, the action is a realignment of positions, moving personnel authorizations from one organization's roles to the other, and does not result in the loss of any civil service positions. The five military positions will be realigned with other ECC organizations through the normal military assignment process, he said.

Gabbert said the desired end state is that the MICC will be a "one-stop shop" for contracting support to Southern Command and its related organizations, receiving contract support requests and directing those requests to the appropriate ACC element.

The 410th CSB will continue to provide overseas traditional commander activity and exercise and contingency support planning. He said all ACC contracting centers will provide reach-back capability for the overseas operations.

ACC leadership, driven by the fiscal reality of decreased defense spending, is continually looking for efficiencies to make ACC the most effective and efficient organization possible, he explained.

"We have to be good stewards of the limited budget authority we receive," Gabbert said. "Our goal is to make the command as effective and efficient as possible."

This will be ACC's fourth organizational realignment this fiscal year; all focused on gaining organization efficiencies. In October ACC and ECC headquarters, both located here, consolidated six headquarters functions. That same month the command announced the consolidation of its various contracting offices in New Jersey to form ACC-New Jersey.

In January ACC announced the management-directed reassignment of 12 positions from its Washington Field Office, Alexandria, Va., to ACC headquarters here, leaving three positions in the Washington office.

Gabbert said ACC leadership, motivated by the Army's Drive to Fiscal Reality, continues to look for organizational efficiencies, indicating more changes may be on the horizon.

"The fiscal reality is we have to look for ways to be efficient without becoming ineffective," he said.

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